American Enterprise Project

Category: Report/Presentation

Type: Chapter

Grade Level: 9-12

Deadline/Testing: March 1

Competitor Limit: 1 Entry per chapter

Event Guidelines


  • Reports must describe chapter activities conducted between the previous State Leadership Conference and the current State Leadership Conference.
  • Competitors must prepare reports. Advisers and other individuals are not permitted to help.
  • Follow the rating sheet sequence when writing the report. If information is not available for a particular criterion, include a statement to that effect in the report.
  • Front cover must contain the following information: name of the school, state, name of the event, and year (20xx-xx). They may also contain other information.
  • Front cover does not count in the page limit.
  • Divider pages, and appendices are optional and must be included in the page count.
  • Reports must include a table of contents with page numbers.
  • Reports must be a minimum of 10 pages and not exceed 15 pages.
  • Pages must be numbered and formatted to fit on 8½” by 11” paper.
  • Points will be deducted if the written project doesn’t adhere to the guidelines.
  • A PDF of the American Enterprise Project must be submitted electronically.
  • Name file: AEP_chaptername_year.pdf


  • A maximum of eight (8) chapters will be notified by March 23 that they are finalists for the performance part of the event at the State Leadership Conference.
  • Chapters failing to report on time for their performance may be disqualified.
  • A maximum of three (3) members from each local chapter selected for the finals will give the presentation.
  • Five (5) minutes is allowed to set up and remove equipment.
  • Seven (7) minutes will be allowed for the presentation, which will describe the project and the results obtained.
  • A timekeeper will stand at six (6) minutes and again at seven (7) minutes. When the presentation is finished, the timekeeper will record the time used, noting deductions of five (5) points for any time over seven (7) minutes.
  • Following each presentation, the judges will conduct a three-minute (3) question-and-answer period.
  • All team members are expected to actively participate in the performance.
  • Copies of the report, visual aids, and samples related to the project may be used in the presentation. However, no items may be left after the presentation with either the judges or the audience.
  • A projection screen and cart will be provided; however, all other equipment for the presentation must be provided by the chapter.
  • All aspects of the presentation (e.g., speaking, setup, operating audio-visual equipment) must be performed by the members presenting. No additional assistance, including verbal commands or prompting, may be provided by other chapter representatives, including the adviser or individuals in the audience.
  • Timers such as stop watches may not be used by audience members while teams are presenting.
  • Performances are open to conference attendees, except performing participants of this event.
  • No pictures may be taken and no video or audio recording devices may be used during the performance.


Each chapter may submit one report.


Reports will be reviewed by a screening committee to determine if chapters have complied with event eligibility and regulations. A panel of judges will select the finalists before the State Leadership Conference. The performance will be judged by a panel of judges. Final rank is determined by totaling the written report scores and the performance scores. The report scores will be used to break a tie. All judges’ decisions are final.

Who Goes to Nationals?

The top three entries based on the combined written and performance scores will be entered in the American Enterprise Project at the National Leadership Conference.