Truman High School Sara Sherazi is one of the 12 students from Michigan to win the emerging Leader Honor Award for 2018.
Sara Sherazi started in the vocational marketing program when she was a sophomore in high school. She has completed the marketing program and continued through her senior year with advancing to the highest level. She took and passed all marketing classes with A+’s and joined the DECA club.
Sara is a responsible, highly intelligent individual, according to her marketing instructor, Carly Lundgren-Barnard In addition, to good grades and behavior in class she also has proven to be a leader. She is currently in the advanced independent study class for marketing and is the school store manager, DECA president, and a District 5 representative on the Michigan DECA district council.
She was student of the month 206-17 school year and 2017-18 school year. She also is secretary of student council and National Honor Society, member of the National Technical Honor Society, and is currently writing articles that are published in DECA Direct magazine as a social media correspondent. www.decadirect.org.
For her sophomore year DECA project, she put together a marketing research project for the hospitality and tourism event. She conducted research studies, wrote a 30-page paper, and put together visual aides to present her research to a judge at the district and state level. She is one of the first sophomores I have ever had make it to the state level.
For her junior year she was voted our vice president and for her DECA project, she helped create and start a new business in our school store. She is successful in running a printing company in our school. She helped order and put together the equipment necessary to get the business started and she now creates the products for customers using Variquest software and print shop. Her creativity and initiative to go above and beyond for this business has proven to be a profitable one.
She competed at the district and state level winning medals for her advertising campaign on this print company for DECA. She was part of a group that were the first students from Truman High School to ever attend the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California. At our end of the year banquet she was crowned DECA queen, most likely to succeed, most likely to own her own business, and most creative.
For her senior year she was voted president and for her DECA project she will compete in the Entrepreneurship Promotional Plan campaign. Sara put together a project where she found target markets that would benefit from learning an entrepreneurship curriculum. She put together a week’s worth of lesson plans where she successfully taught her lesson plans to our students in the physically or otherwise handicap program (POHI), our PAES program for alternative education, second graders at Blair Moody Elementary school, and our business and marketing classes.
Over the course of two months she educated over 300 students on entrepreneurship. She designed the lessons, the activities, included technology, and taught them to her target market. Her lessons were engaging and interactive. She will attend the district, state, and national competitions this year competing with this project.
In addition, to her own DECA projects she helps plan and organize community service events and chapter activities for our club as a whole. She helps others prepare for competition and she leads our club to a successful membership. She was integral in the process of our three major chapter campaigns; global entrepreneurship week, promotion campaign, and community service campaign. For each of these campaigns there are numerous activities and hours of volunteering and Sara is leading them all.
Below are her two DECA Idea Challenge videos taking part in the challenge and winning Truman High Schools entries, along with the articles from DECA Direct one that she wrote and one that names her as recipient of the emerging leader honor.
What I Learned At Michigan DECA Fall Leadership Conference
Here are just a few of the pieces of advice I gained at the Michigan DECA leadership conference.
DECA Idea Challenge 2016 The Jingle Bell Team - YouTube
Jingle Bell Team Bottle Bell for Deca Idea Challenge 2016
DECA Idea Challenge 2017 // Band-A-Pot - YouTube
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