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UCJSHS: Bringing Business to the Forefront of Learning

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By Brad Hoggatt, RESC Correspondent

In a world where standardized tests and graduation rates weigh heavy on the hearts and minds of all high school employees, it is nice to know that there are programs that exist in our schools that allow our students to explore and experience real-world opportunities in order to create more well-rounded citizens. At UCJSHS, Miss Becky Kuehl has been leading this charge for over 25 years. Kuehl is the Business Teacher for students in grades 7-12, is the adviser for the corporation’s DECA program, and is the chief overseer for the corporation’s two school-based enterprises (SBE’s), the TeePee and Apache Design. These opportunities help to make a student’s experience at UCJSHS even more memorable and rewarding.

What is DECA?

DECA is an organization founded in 1946 that prepares students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Hospitality and Management. It is organized into two unique student divisions, each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest, and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities. DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state, district and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs.

Randolph Eastern joined the DECA program during the 1968-1969 school year and was advised by Mr. Richard Clark. In 1971-72, Jerry Beeman took over. In 1972-1974, Pat Leighton was the teacher. In 1974-75, Tom Johnson became the teacher and was the driving force behind the TeePee, the county’s first student-run business. At Randolph Eastern, in order for students to participate in DECA, they must first be enrolled in the Principles of Marketing course. Once this happens, students become members of DECA and remain members until they graduate. Kuehl says, “The program focuses on providing our students with the tools they need to become better leaders, to make them more aware of their career path, and to help them focus on supporting their community. I think another thing that DECA does is to educate them on how one behaves and exists in the professional world.” Seemingly, this skill could benefit so many in today’s society.


SBEs at Randolph Eastern- The TeePee and Apache

A School-based Enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods and services to meet the needs of the market. SBEs are managed and operated by students as hands-on learning laboratories that integrate National Curriculum Standards in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality or Management. SBEs provide realistic and practical learning experiences that reinforce classroom instruction. SBEs can sell to consumers through a permanent location, a mobile kiosk or through internet marketing. Products may include school spirit wear, food and beverage items, school supplies, signs and banners, and more, while other SBEs provide services such as creative design, advertising sales and more. At Randolph Eastern, the students operate two SBEs, the TeePee and Apache Design. Both business ventures are Gold Star rated, an honor earned only by four other Indiana schools- Carmel (student population 4,830), Brownsburg (2,436), Avon (2757), and Fort Wayne Northrop (2,179). Union City (student population of 279) has proven it can certainly hold its own against “the big boys.”

The TeePee was Randolph Eastern’s first SBE, being established in 1974 by then business teacher, Tom Johnson. First on a rolling cart in the gym foyer during the students’ lunch period, the TeePee found a permanent home in the mid-1980’s, complete with a front display window and checkout line. Students operate the school store on a daily basis. They order the items to be placed in the store, they figure the cost, they make the price tags, and they stock the shelves. The students operate a Point-of-Sale System. The manager hires classmates for certain positions like receiving clerk, warehouse manager, product buyers, assistant manager, and accountant. Students receive a daily participation grade. Each “hired” student receive two manager evaluations during a 9 week period. Also, the students are assigned weekly marketing assignments that they work on when not scheduled to work in the store. Up to 18 students can participate in the TeePee program. Currently, it is a class open only to Seniors as it serves as a capstone to the Marketing Pathway. UC Senior Sydney Ralston is the 2018-2019 TeePee Manager.

Apache Design came to fruition during the 1987-1988 school year. It started in the corner of the business classroom as a department of the TeePee. It broke away from the TeePee starting in 1992-1993. Apache Design received its own space during the renovation process when the new middle school was built; however, it was moved to its current location after a second renovation took place. Students are able to participate during their Senior year, but must have successfully completed Principles of Marketing first. Students receive credit each semester. They are given a participation grade and the manager and assistant manager perform an employee evaluation for each student involved. They also receive a profit/loss grade each month.

Apache has always done silk screening. The company is responsible for printing many of the school’s spirit shirts and Homecoming apparel. They’ve designed and printed shirts for the Jim Noffsinger Memorial 5K Run, the Arts Festival in Union City, and shirts for the GRIC PreSchool program. Most recently, Apache Design was commissioned to print over 300 shirts for every third grade student in Randolph County for The Randolph County Promise. They dabbled in dye sublimation early on, but did not have much success with it. By the end of this year, Apache Design is looking to add vinyl banner printing to their load. They also hope to gain a second heat press for their shirts, as well as a hat press. Reagan Hoggatt, UC Senior, is this year’s Apache Design manager.


Groups and organizations can contact Kuehl by calling her at (765) 964-4840 ext. 118, or they can reach her via email at bkuehl@resc.k12.in.us, if they are interested in having Apache Design create for them.

Students have accomplished great things through the business department at Union City Junior/ Senior High School. Through classwork, real-world experiences, and competitions, the students at UC are gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in the world of business and entrepreneurship.
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OCT
08

UC FFA Hog Raffle

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Thank you to all who supported the FFA Hog Raffle. The money raised helps pay for CDE Entries, Leadership Camps, National Convention, Community Service Projects, etc. Here is a list of the winners:

1st Place-Vicki Pole (Half Processed Hog & $10 Gift Certificate)
2nd Place-Erick Williams (Half Processed Hog)
3rd-5th Place-Audra Hufford, Shane Guillozet, Lisa Bergman ($10 Gift Certificates)

A big thank you to RESC Employee Rusty Oliver of Oliver's Butcher Shop for donating the processing of the hog.

The FFA will begin our Annual Fruit/Nut Sales later this week. It is a great opportunity to get fresh citrus and apples delivered for the Christmas Season.
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OCT
05

NS - Iron Sharpens Iron October 5

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Congratulations to the following students for earning Iron Sharpens Iron t-shirts. Thank you, Chief Shoemaker and the UCFD for helping to recognize students who work hard to be great students. K - Tenley I.; 2 - Alex D.; 3 - Eimy R.; 4 - Avery K.; 5 - Preston G.; 6 - Donovan S.
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OCT
05

UCHS Student, Athlete and Staff of the Month for September

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Friday, the following students and teachers were recognized our September student, athlete, and staff members of the month. This program is in place to recognize individuals that go above and beyond to display great character and dedication to our school and community.

Students of the Month: Corey Whitesel and Katie Reichard

Athletes of the Month: Morgan Wymer and Michael Vore

Staff of the Month: Connie Sheppard and Gianna Pollitt

Congratulations!
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28

UCHS National Honor Society

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By Brad Hoggatt, RESC Correspondent

On Tuesday, September 25, Union City Junior/ Senior High School celebrated those students who regularly work to go above and beyond the academic standards set upon them by their teachers with a “Celebration of Academic Excellence” assembly. The entire student body, grades 7-12, were present to witness the return these students received from their hardwork and perseverance.

UCJSHS Seniors Jacob Curry, Sophia Spence, Reagan Hoggatt, and Courtney Whitesel all received an Academic chevron from building principal, Mr. Aaron Black, to put on their Academic Honors Jackets. The additional chevron represents the two semester’s worth of straight A’s they each received during their Junior year of school. Additionally, Juniors Derick Williams, Mya Maloy, Grace Collins, Evelyn Downey, Heidi Livingston, Morgan Wymer, and Katie Reichard each earned their Academic Honors Jacket. This honor is awarded to students who successfully complete 4 consecutive semesters of high school with straight A’s.

At this presentation, as well, the UCJSHS Chapter of National Honor Society held its annual Induction Ceremony. The ceremony was fully lead by NHS Senior members Maria Casillas-Romero, Courtney Whitesel, Brayden Davis, Sydney Ralston, Reagan Hoggatt, Sophia Spence, Jacob Curry, and Emalee Bocanegra. These current members gave speeches on the four pillars of the National Honor Society- Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service- and lead the NHS pledge for the new inductees. Those Juniors and Seniors earning membership this year included Madison Fischer, Shelby King, Emily O’Connor, Katie Reichard, Derick Williams, Evelyn Downey, Mya Maloy, Mogan Wymer, Braxton Wright, Mikayla Green, Mackenzie Green, Heidi Livingston, and Grace Collins.

At Union City Junior/ Senior High School, a student whose GPA is at, or above, a 3.3 is invited to start the membership process. Those wishing to be considered must then create a resume and cover letter, highlighting their service opportunities and leadership examples and potential. A Selection Committee is established at school, made up of varying staff members, who then reads and evaluates each letter and resume. Scores are earned for each pillar on a scale of 1 to 4, 4 being the highest score a student can earn. Students earning membership into National Honor Society have collected an average of 11 points or more through this process. Though membership into NHS must solely be based on the four guiding principles listed, each school can go about the selection process differently.

This year’s Selection Committee at Randolph Eastern was made up of staff members Kylee Hopkins, Becky Kuehl, Brittani Dickmann, Jennifer Vincent, Diane Sutter, Laura Elliott, Valerie Overleese, and Gianna Pollitt, as well as RESC Board Member Linda Puccini.
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NS - Iron Sharpens Iron Sept. 28

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Congratulations to the following students for earning Iron Sharpens Iron t-shirts. Thank you, Chief Shoemaker and the UCFD for helping to recognize students who work hard to be great students. K - Mykal B.; 2 - Adrian E.; 3 - Alanna E.; 4 - Mia R.; 5 - Nikolai L.; 6 - Keegan L.
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Academic Honors Jackets

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Congratulations to the following students receiving Academic Honors Jackets at UCJSJS: (back row, L to R) Grace Collins, Derick Williams, Katie Reichard, Heidi Livingston, Evelyn Downey, Mya Maloy, and Morgan Wymer.

Students receiving Academic Honors Chevrons were (front row, L to R) Jacob Curry, Courtney Whitesel, Reagan Hoggatt, and Sophia Spence.
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26

FFA Soil Judging Contest

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The Union City FFA competed in the Area 7 Soil Judging Contest in Fayette County on Tuesday. The team of Katie Reichard, Ian Glunt, Derick Williams, and Ben Bagozzi placed first in Randolph County, and 9th out of 40 teams in the Area Contest. Individually, Katie placed first in Randolph County, and 14th out of the 139 participants in the Area Contest. Ian placed 4th in the County. This is the fifth straight year that Union City has won the Randolph County contest, and second straight year that Katie has been the top individual in the county. The team will be recognized at the annual Randolph County Soil and Water Conservation Banquet

Rylan Glunt competed in the Jr. Contest and placed 1st in Randolph County and 2nd in the Area out of 13 participants. Great job by all.
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21

UC Jr. High Drama Club to Present School Play

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“Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens” takes the stage on Oct. 3
By Brad Hoggatt, RESC Correspondent

The Union City Junior High Drama Club, made up of students in grades 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, will present a two act comedy on Wednesday, October 3 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Randolph Eastern Performing Arts Center. Brian Taylor’s “Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens” is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

This darkly funny farce pits the eternal battle of pure evil against innocent fuzzy goodness. Dr. Evil wants to destroy the world, but when a basket of kittens arrives on his doorstep, it’s his own world that gets turned upside down. The Council of Evil is set to arrive any minute for the unveiling of the thermal ray — Dr. Evil’s latest weapon of world domination — and he must impress them at all costs. If the Council finds him with this basketful of precious kittens, they may never offer the financial backing he needs to complete his dastardly project. Being truly evil, there is only one solution that Dr. Evil can think of- total kitten annihilation! But with several identical baskets going in and out of his lab and the crazy antics of his assistant’s mummified mother, his own vampire mother and the practical-joke-loving family of hybrid hyena werewolves who live next door, the kittens just may make it out alive. Audience members will likely be rooting for the precious little fur balls the whole way. Or will they be as evil as Dr. Evil himself? One thing is for certain, being bad has never been this much fun!

Staring in this year’s production are Becca Overleese, Keegan Livingston, Brennan Hoggatt, Kalam Denney, Sylaris Denney, Anthony Wyant, Brianna Williams, and Sullivan Thomas. Also, Ena Durbin, Madi Cotter, Abby Stapleton, Grant Elliott, Campbell Kerns, Gavin Elmore, Reina Farias, and Luis Velasco. Special cameo appearances will be made by former participants Braydon Hoggatt, Mariah Claywell, Lyndsee Mills, and Emily Livingston.

Admission for this production is $2 for Adults and $1 for Students, grades K-12. Doors will open for admission at 6:30 p.m.
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Lilly Top 10

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Congratulations to Reagan Hoggatt and Sophia Spence being nominated as finalists for the Randolph County Lilly Scholarship. Sophia and Reagan will represent UC at the Lilly Top 10 Banquet.
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    • Central Office

      Randolph Eastern School Corp
      731 N. Plum Street
      Union City, IN 47390

      Alice Johnson, Superintendent
      Tel: 765-964-4994
      Fax: 765-964-6590
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      Union City Jr.-Sr. HS
      603 N. Walnut Street
      Union City, IN 47390

      Aaron Black, Principal
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