BY JORDAN VERICKER, OLIVIA SPAULDING & LAURYN GIBAS
Trenton High School is opening a writing center soon, to be located in the IMC. It will be open a couple days a week before and after school, as well as during lunch. It will be staffed by juniors and seniors who volunteer to help out.
Any student who needs help either brainstorming, coming up with ideas for a paper, formatting a paper, or getting a paper edited can bring their work in and have it reviewed by one of the writing center consultants. It is scheduled to open sometime in mid-March, most likely the very beginning of the third trimester. Students who share a common interest in writing will also be able to interact and share ideas.
During the first week of February, Trenton High School seniors Kate Plassman, Madison Stackpoole, Isabel Olds, Autumn Hanke, junior Kendall Schram and sophomores Sarah Miles and Haley Millican traveled to Chicago for the Great Lakes trade show with the head of the business department, Mr. Christopher Crews, to participate in a virtual enterprise competition. The group took a coach bus to the event along with Carlson and Melvindale’s virtual enterprise teams.
In September 2015, Trenton Entrepreneurship created their first ever VEI firm Roasted at THS. Roasted is only the third firm in Wayne County. It is a virtual mail order coffee company that makes sales at trade shows and online. In October 2015, Roasted had its first sale. In February 2016, Roasted students traveled to their first Great Lakes Trade Show in Holland. The firm finished in the top 10 of the Marketing Plan Competition among 60 schools from Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
In November 2016, Roasted students traveled to the Midwest Tradeshow in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and recorded more than $100,000 in sales. They finished in the top 20 percent in the U.S., competing with 200 schools in the National Branding Competition. In December, Roasted finished in the Top 10 in the state of Michigan Business Plan Competition.
In last month’s trip to Chicago, Roasted finished first in The Marketing Impact Competition, second in The Salesmanship Competition and in the Top 10 in Brochure, Print Ad and Catalog Competitions among 60 schools. The Virtual Enterprise class plans to travel to more trade shows next year and is open to new participants every year.
Trenton High School has an abundance of clubs and activities that students can join but one reaches out a little further into the community, the Interact Club. The Interact Club is partners with the Trenton Rotary Club and lead by history teacher Chad Clements. The club does a variety of activities throughout the year, such as a Pancake Breakfast, the Jingle Drive, Kids Against Hunger, Hoodies for Homeless, and Skating with the Blind. Most of the activities take place outside of school so the students involved in the club are very committed to helping their community.
The Jingle Drive runs from 10 a.m. to midnight on one Saturday in December, collecting food, clothes, and toys. Students stay there all day and night waving signs, dancing, sitting by the fire, and having fun.
Hoodies for Homeless is a hoodie drive held during school collecting hoodies from students to give to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital to disperse to patients in the Mental Health Unit who are being released. It was brought to our attention that a lot of patients that are released are homeless and don’t have warm clothes to wear. Last year the Interact Club collected more than 75 hoodies and hope to beat that record this year.
“Rather than just saying I’m making the world a better place, I know I’m making the world a better place,” senior Maddi Memering said.
Student correspondents Jordan Vericker, Olivia Spaulding and Lauryn Gibas are seniors at Trenton High School.