Iowa Pork Youth Leadership Team contestants are judged on the following activities:
| Personal interview
| Speech presentation
| Media interview
| Personal presentation
| Biographical form
| Total points
Personal interview — Each contestant will have a 10-minute personal interview with a panel of three judges. The interviews will be recorded for judging purposes only.
Speech presentation — Contestants will be required to present a speech on a subject relative to the pork industry. The speeches will be given in an extemporaneous style with contestants being allowed 30 minutes of prep time after they choose their speech topic. The speeches will be judged on content and delivery. Speeches are to be a minimum of 3 minutes and not to exceed 5 minutes. Speeches will be timed, and the times will be submitted to judges. Contestants are not allowed to bring their own notecards and will not be allowed props or other visual aides. Blank notecards and various resources will be provided to all contestants to write their speech during the 30-minute prep time. These notecards may be used during the speech and can hold any amount of information needed. Contestants will use a microphone for their speeches. Speeches will be recorded for judging purposes only.
Media Interview — Each contestant will participate in a mock media interview. They will be interviewed as if they were a representative of the pork industry. The interview will last about two to three minutes, and will center on topics related to the pork industry.
Personal presentation — Contestants will be continuously observed and judged on how they handle themselves in various situations, how they relate to others, how they present themselves, etc. They also will be judged on how they reflect professionalism through their business dress attire.
Biographical form — Participants will fill out and submit a contest participation form, including a written biography, prior to the competition to IPPA. The form will be sent to the judges prior to the competition. Forms must be submitted to the IPPA office by Nov. 30, 2024.
Skill-a-thon — Contestants will take a short quiz testing their knowledge of the pork industry.