MBA Offers Students Business
By Shari L. Covino
Elmer Thienes Elementary School 6th graders gathered at
the Second Annual Marlborough Business Association (MBA)
Expo to interview business owners in what is the
beginning of a new partnership between the Association
and local schools. The event, held on October 1, brought
in over 20 exhibitors, and the interviews - consisting
of a series of related questions - were designed to show
students what they can learn from business operations in
Sal Menzo, Elmer Thienes Elementary School
Superintendent, organized the interviews with six of the
school’s students currently on the Student Council.
Among the students participating in the event were
Skylar Ives, Theresa Kowal, Sydney Kern, Katie
Callaghan, Julia Michalski, and Rachel Buck.
Based on meetings with the MBA that he attended, Sal
wanted to begin a relationship between the school and
the Town’s business association.
“We met over the summer and talked a little bit, and we
tried to identify how the students could participate,”
Sal said at the Expo. Sal also met with Linda Crossman
and Ann Star of RHAM Middle School to further promote
the career awareness program.
The students will be invited back in the Spring to talk
again with owners regarding both the student’s courses
and how the owners got to this point in their
professions. Sal stated that this initiative has created
a career awareness program that will prepare students
for RHAM Middle School’s business development program
“We’re trying to provide a jump start to seventh grade,”
It seems to be working. The students were enthusiastic
and eager to join in on the event as they made their way
through the Expo, each student with their list of
questions in hand.
RHAM Students Participate at Business Expo
The RHAM High School Video Production Club and RHAM DECA
Club were both present at the Business Expo interviewing
business owners for a production that will be broadcast
on CVC later this month. Students Katie Grasso and Nick
Lewis will later edit the footage for a 30-minute
broadcast as part of a project produced by the DECA
The DECA Business program’s leader is Tim Landry,
Business Teacher at RHAM High and the program is
designed to improve marketing and selling abilities
amongst its students that allows them to become an
active part of the business community.
Members can then
participate in district, state, and national contests
sponsored by the organization. Students must be
currently enrolled or have been enrolled in any
marketing education class, including courses such as
Principles of Marketing, Retailing, Marketing Dynamics,
and Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship, Professional
Selling, Advertising, Sports and Entertainment
Marketing, and International Marketing in grades 10, 11,
and 12. DECA is a nationally recognized program
throughout the country.
Additionally, RHAM High School Junior Tucker Ives and
Senior Mike Fowler, members of the school’s Video
Production Club, were doing their part taping one-to-one
interviews in another section of the Community Room.
Look for those tapings on CVC in October.
Business Scholarship Awarded to RHAM Senior
Kalil Lane, 18, Senior and resident of Marlborough
received a $500 scholarship at the MBA Second Annual
Business Expo for his scholastic and business program
achievements at RHAM High School. As a member of the
school’s business club, Kalil has been a member since he
was a junior and is recognized for his participation in
the club and accomplishments as a student there.
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