Update from Marketing and Entrepreneurship Teachers

Julie Bourdo and Maria Abrams, Marketing and Entrepreneurship teachers, recap some recent events at Camelback:

  1. Toastmasters Luncheon, December 3, 2014

    The Toastmaster’s Luncheon was held at the historic Wrigley Manson with 200 guests in attendance.  Over 150 Marketing and Entrepreneurship students toured the Manson prior to the luncheon.Jeff Stephens, Lore Simonson, Johanna Miller and Molly Sosa teach a weekly Toastmaster’s Program in Ms. Abram’s and Ms. Bourdo’s classes where these students learn public speaking, listening and writing skills that will be useful throughout their lives. This program is an excellent opportunity to hear what our students believe in strongly and for them to build personal relationship with one another.Leading up to the Toastmaster’s Luncheon, the speakers have a classroom contest and the eight winners compete at the luncheon.  We are told by our guests, who include counselors, administration, and friends of Camelback DECA, that the event gets better each year.

    Thanks to a local foundation for its kind donation that was given to help with the costs of the luncheon.

  2. DECA District Competition, January 13, 2015

    Camelback’s Marketing and Entrepreneur students competed in this DECA District Competition against 700 students from the Bradshaw Mountain, Cactus Shadows, Paradise Valley, Dear Valley, Payson, Window Rock and Scottsdale districts, along with other Phoenix Union High Schools.Having already taken a 100-question on-line exam, these students presented to industry judges their solutions to real-world scenarios in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality, sports & entertainment, retail and management.They all did an amazing job and in the end our Spartans took home 28 medals. They represented their school, district and most importantly themselves with self assurance and pride.

    Teachers and administration, thank you for all your support and encouragement as our students prepared for and participated in this competition.

    In addition, all of this could not have been accomplished without the support of several Camelback High School Community Network participants who volunteered as judges at this event. Thank you so much for making this possible and making a difference in the lives of these students here at Camelback High School. Now it’s on to State!

  3. Coding Club January 22, 2015

    Arnie Edwards the Advisor for the coding club is committed to increasing membership.  Arnie met with the Marketing and Entrepreneur teachers Maria Abrams and Julie Bourdo and they agreed to assist with the promoting and recruitment activities along side Arnie and the club members.Students began to create a plan to recruit more students and raise funds. They are looking at a few articles about some local organizations: “Hackers 4 Humanity” and Angel Hackers.

    They discussed a competition coming up: 24 hours of coding and they are all going! Maria introduced them to Trello (a project management site) and they organized tasks and assigned responsibilities for recruiting members. They are even planning a big “kick-off event.”  They’re off and running!

Be a Leader Program

Here is a description of the Be a Leader program at Camelback High School:

This club empowers students to become college bound through leadership training and mentoring. Tools to help students be focused and prepared for college testing and admission are discussed at meetings and workshops. The club encourages giving back to the community.  Special events include a walk-a-thon, college visits, guest speakers, and more.

Sponsors: Blass/Tucker