On Thursday, 7 February, Wheatley’s DECA Club hosted the 1st Annual Wheatley Innovations Challenge. Nearly ninety students from seven schools (Carle Place, Great Neck South, Herricks, Jericho, Roslyn, Schreiber and Wheatley) participated in the day’s events.
Students competed in teams of 4 in a business role-play simulation as well as a Principal’s Challenge. For the Innovations challenge, students were asked to reimagine and reinvent the Source Mall property and then make a verbal presentation of their business plan to our judges.
The second challenge involved boosting the sales of The Wheatley School Store run by our Life Skills program. The DECA students were encouraged to browse the store’s selection and ask questions to Mrs. Laurino and her students. Mrs. Laurino said she received great feedback from not only the winning team but many of the teams; she plans to incorporate the suggestions in the near future.
Feedback from participants, as well as the judges, indicated the competition was a great experience for the students. It truly gave them the opportunity to participate in real-world business situations. It also helped to prepare them for their future endeavors and gave them the confidence to try new things. Overall, the competition was a great success, and we look forward to hosting it again next year!
Thank you to Diane Ikliw, Jo Beth Roberts, Robert Teseo, Corey Ribotsky, Armando Amselen, Francine Federman, and Lauren McMullen for judging. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Malik who advises the DECA Club.
[Thank you to Dr. Teseo and Mrs. Malik for the write-up and the photos.]