Monday, May 13, 2019


Students stop for a photo op in Battery Park before heading to The Statue of Liberty.

On April 25, 42 Area Marketing and Theater students traveled to New York City for what has become known as #THSNYC. #THSNYC19 was the 8th trip to The Big Apple for Trenton and Gibraltar Carlson students. Students use the 3 day journey to deepen their understanding of school curriculum, expand their career background and take in what New York City has to offer. 

Students began the trip with a deep dive into Sports Marketing during a tour of Madison Square Garden. The group got a full access look at what makes The Garden one of the most iconic venues in Sports and Entertainment. Students followed up their trip to MSG with a Broadway Workshop at Ripley Grier Studios. Students were split into two groups. One group sharpened their improv skills with actress Angela Pierce while the other got a behind the scenes look at the business of Broadway by meeting with Phantom of The Opera cast members Rachel Anne Moore and Jeremy Stolle. Moore and Stolle offered career advice and wisdom from their 10 year experience working with Phantom.

THS Students Riley Ferrington and Hailey Miller pose with Rachel Anne Moore and Jeremy Stolle of Broadway's Phantom of The Opera.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 Governor's Cyber Challenge

On Monday October 29, THS's own Team Trojan attended The 2018 Governor's Cyber Challenge at The North American Cyber Summit. Students Jacob Bryzys, Anakin Hamilton and Tyler Lazarski traveled to Detroit's Cobo Hall and placed 4th among the Top 5% of cyber students in the state. The three students compete for Trenton High School's Cyber Patriot Team as well. 

The Top 3 teams were recognized on stage in front of industry attendees. The Trojans made a valiant effort to place Top 3 by scoring over 300 points in the last hour of competition to pull within 14 points of eventual 3rd place finisher Okemos High School.

Students were treated to lunch followed by a job fair in their honor. For finishing Top 10, students won a voucher for a Security + Bootcamp followed by a certification exam. Once certified, students will be employable in entry level cyber security positions where salaries range from $54,000 to $121,000 annually according to Zip Recruiter. The team was accompanied by Industry Coach Chris Sorensen and Faculty Adviser Chris Crews.

Top 4 Finishers

1st   Cadillac High School
2nd  Marquette High School
3rd   Okemos High School
4th   Trenton High School

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Little Caesar's Arena Tour

Trenton Marketing and Entrepreneurship Students visited Little Caesar's Arena on Wednesday October 4. Students toured the state of the art $863 million facility learning about the infastructure and marketing/multi-media operations within the building. Trenton Alumnus and Journalist Anthony Broome led the THS students and chaperones on their tour. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Trenton Students Conquer The Big Apple

#THSNYC17 saw another student group travel to New York City at capacity. Fifty-four students and chaperones From Trenton and Carlson High Schools traveled to NYC for an action packed two nights and three days.

The group arrived in Manhattan to visit Penguin Random House Books and 2007 THS Alum Kelly McGauley. Ms. McGauley serves as The Marketing Manager for Random House Children's Books. Ms. McGauley gave an inspirational presentation about her path to New York as well as a description of her job. She went on to describe how a book comes to market and all of the channels, research and promotions she uses to make that happen. The visiting students impressed while taking part in a focus group conducted by Ms. McGauley's team.

Students then traveled to stops at Madison Square Garden and Ripley Grier Studios for an eye opening visit. At Ripley Grier, a group was met by Broadway Actress Cassie Okenka, a Toledo, Ohio native who plays in "School of Rock." She gave students insight into life on Broadway as well as her own career path.

Students ended the day with shopping on Times Square as well as sightseeing from Top of The Rock at Rockefeller Center. Students averaged 9 miles per day walking over the first two days and were tired that first day in city to say the least.

Day 2 started with a trip by ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island where students explored the history of the Park as well as Immigration into the United States. Students had lunch in China Town and came back to Lower Manhattan for a tour of The 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Students were in awe taking in the power of both the mall as well as the exhibits in the museum. Also on this day, students were introduced to The New York City Subway System and did all travel by it or on foot. Uncertain at first, our students rode the rails like experts by the end of the day. It was back to Midtown for dinner in Little Italy for a 4 star meal.

Day 3 saw students take a walking tour of Central Park with visits to Strawberry Fields and Belvedere Castle to name a few sights. Students were treated to an impromptu performance at the fountain by an ensemble of acapella singers visiting New York with their high school classmates from Wisconsin. The day ended with students catching an amazing performance of School of Rock at The Winter Garden Theatre in Midtown.

This year's students were an impressive group and were complimented as such by Ms. McGauley's staff, the theatre staff at Ripley Grier Studios, our parent chaperones and most importantly our Bus Driver Steve. On behalf of the faculty advisers, Ms. Paczewitz, Mr.Monaco, Ms. Bechtol  and myself, we would like to thank the
parent chaperones for making this an incredibly fun
learning experience for our students. Thanks
to: Mike Bulatovic, Dana Castillo, Susan Truitt,
Nancy Lasich, Kellee Howey, Charisse Hoffman and
Kelly Memering.

We would also like to the Board of Trenton Public
Schools as well as the administration for the travel

Virtual Enterprise Takes Chicago by Storm

of The Trenton Tibune

Created last year to give students the opportunity to develop real-world business and occupational skills, the Virtual Enterprise program and Trenton High School has been a hit by every definition of the world. Recently the class traveled to Chicago to participate in the Great Lakes Trade Show, a competition where students from 60 schools across Michigan, Indiana and Illinois meet to face off in a variety of different events.
With the help of teacher Christopher Crews and others, the Trenton Virtual Enterprise class and their business known as “ Roasted” was able to capture first place in Impact Marketing, second place in Salesmanship and had top ten finishes in Print Ad, Brochure and Catalog.

While the strong finishes in competitions such as this one are certainly positive for the students being able to participate, what’s more important is the hands-on experience that just can’t be replicated within the classroom. Given the value of real-world experience within the realm of business, Crews found himself intrigued by the idea of Virtual Enterprise, and thought that it would be a major benefit to the students at Trenton.

“Virtual Enterprise is a non-profit firm from New York that exists to provide curriculum support to classrooms. They develop software that allows us to start a business in any field we like, and then we go through the process of setting up and running it (paperwork, loan applications, attracting investors, etc.),” Crews said. By going through each of these steps as a class and assigning students to different roles such as CEO or Accountant, the class is able to see what it takes to not only start a business, but also to succeed.

Their performance as a business in Chicago was ideal, but they’ve also done well in competitions in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and finished top 10 in the state at Cleary College in December. The results that they have seen from each of the competitions are no fluke either, as preparation for each of the events happens each and every day that the students are participating in the class.

“We practice things like elevator pitches in class, but a lot of it just comes from actually going in and doing things. For example, Ryan Lynch did our marketing impact board and he taught himself Microsoft Publisher and through trial and error got to the point where he was doing pretty good work with it.” Crews said.

The class itself stands as preparation for each of the events, but Crews has been able to bring in people all throughout the school to make sure that they are ready for any competition that may come their way. “One of the competitions is the speed interview and while I’ve interviewed people in the past, it’s been over 15 years since I did that for a living. Gary Schwartz, the human resources director for Trenton Public Schools, came in and helped us prepare, as did Ms. Lambert and Mr. Diroff.” With the help that they received from a multitude of sources, students were able to feel more comfortable going into the competition, and they were able to develop skills that will undoubtedly help them as they move into college and beyond.

The students out of this year’s class showed these skills, like leadership and the ability to multitask, in spades. “Our CEO Kendall Schram has taken it upon herself to make sure that everything gets done the way it’s supposed to and has really had an eye for completing broad range goals. Along with her, Kate Plassman has done a phenomenal job in both our accounting and marketing departments.” Crews said. “At one of our competitions, Kate was dressed up and getting ready to do an interview and before she went in, I saw her helping put the flooring down for our booth. It was really a testament to the type of worker that she is.”

Though it’s still in its infancy, the Virtual Enterprise program through Trenton High School has proven to be a success and Crews looks forward to seeing the different ways in which it can enrich his students’ educational experience. “Through programs like this, you’re developing transferable skills. Things like teamwork, communication, technological skills, they’re all things that you’ll need to succeed in the 21st century. Along with that, I’m a big believer in doing things, whether it’s auto shop or woodshop or business, you’re learning a whole set of problem solving skills that you can’t duplicate in a classroom setting.” By seeing programs like this implemented by Crews and other teachers of his ilk, students may be finding themselves more prepared to meet the challenges that they will face in the real world.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 Has Arrived-Let's Look Back

With the ringing in of 2016, it is appropriate to take a look back on our past. 2015 was an eventful year that saw much change. The world is different today than it was 15 years ago when I first stepped into the classroom. Teaching, as a profession, is much different also. Some would say the profession is in trouble. One thing that is no different about the profession, however, is the meaning that teachers receive from working with young people. 

In 2016 we are going to examine some of that meaning by looking at a handful of THS Business Alumni today, to see where they are professionally. Our first Alumni Spotlight will focus on 2005 THS Graduate Kristina Vitale.

Kristina Vitale is a 2005 Grad who moved on from THS to study business at Eastern Michigan University. After completing her degree in Business Administration and Marketing, Kristina landed a sales position with L'Oreal as a Salon Development Manager. Success and recognition within the company did not follow far behind her as she was awarded the 2013 Rookie of the Year at L'Oreal for showing  the most customer growth of all new employees that year. Furthermore, she folllowed that up with being honored with The  Presidents Club Award 2013. This award is given to the very top sales consultants within the company and is the highest honor for the sales team. That same year, she was awarded the L'Oreal Changemaker Award-1st Place for her Division's excellence and impact to L'Oreal's USA Marketing Team.

Kristina's success vaulted her into promotion soon there after. She became a Premium Sales Consultant for the Redken and Pureology brands. Success in that position has most recently seen her promoted to The Divisional Brand Manager-Michigan, Ohio and Indiana for Redken and Pureology.

Kristina's success at L'Oreal is no coincidence. Her work ethic, drive and determination go with her all the way back to her days at THS. A career in sales seems like a natural fit for a student gifted with exceptional interpersonal skills and a willingness to help others.

Kristina is clear about the fact that helping others is a rewarding aspect about her job. "One of the important aspects of my job, that I enjoy the most, is having the ability to spread the knowledge I have gained in one way or in another, to others and to be able to influence them in their professional career. Whether it is training a sales consultant or manager on a product or promotion, or giving them a tip that makes their life/job just a little bit easier, it is very rewarding to watch people grow under my leadership."

Kristina finishes with this advice for students."One thing I would add is, getting my bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing has been the best decision that I have ever made. When you get a degree in a field such as business, there are so many opportunities that present themselves. Every employer can use a business major in some fashion and the job market is always plentiful. If you can find a way to get in with a company such as L’Oreal, be humble starting from an entry level job and take the time to prove yourself."

Congratulations Kristina and continued success!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December to Remember

Entrepreneurship students take a Google Expedition to NASA Space Center and later to the Moon.

Virtual and Real Trips Away From the Classroom 

Business Students were fortunate to experience some new technology this past month with a visit from Google. Students tested the New Google Cardboard Device for the purpose of trying their first Google Expedition. An Expedition is akin to a virtual field trip. Business Students piloted the technology and then evaluated its applications both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Students travelled to The Congo, The Coral Reefs of The Florida Keys, NASA, and The Burj Kalifa Hotel to name a few. Students were impressed with Google's latest gadget and see the utility of the product as it is further developed.  

A smaller contingent of VEI Students travelled to Carlson High School to meet with their VEI Class. Students exchanged ideas and best practices. Carlson's insight as a more experienced VEI program proved very useful to THS Business Students.  They also planned for the February VEI Trade Show in Holland, MI and an April 2016 Trip to New York City.