Marketing education program at St. Amant High School receives grant

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
DECA members at the Awards Banquet at the State Conference, CDC, dressed in their professional business attire.

Pictured from left to right: 

Bottom Row: Allison Leake (Advisor), Clayton Villemarette (LA DECA State President), Ambar Hicks, Julie Breaux, Chris Kelley, Kase Savoy, Elise Normand, Kaitlyn Biri, Rae Broussard (Advisor)

2nd Row: Sage Kling, Raylie Bourgeois, LeeAmber Perry, Olivia Dichary, Nicole Joyeaux, Brittany Dearmond, Jade Sheets, Kristy Peabody, Peyton Monte, Holden Prejean, Logan Ganaway, Chez Babin,

Top Row:Michael Minvielle, Mytrail Whitehead, Dylan Tucker, Amber Bartell, Matt Sperandeo, Scout Savoy, Terry (T.J.) Folks.

St. Amant High School Career and Technical Teacher, Rae Broussard received a $6,500 grant $500 to host a Career Day, free vouchers for student for Customer Service training and testing, and free OSHA training and certification for seniors all from MERA, the Marketing Education Retail Alliance.

The MERA grant provides materials and equipment for students to improve in customer service marketing activities. The students then apply what they learn in role-play work scenarios that carry over into real-life experiences in their workplaces. So far St. Amant has 37 Customer Service Certified students from the fall semester. Upon completion of the training, students take the National Customer Service Examination. It validates that learning took place in the classroom and that class objectives meet industry needs, including rigor and relevance because these certification standards are set by the industry. Students who pass the National Retail Federation Customer Service test earn an Industry Based Certification which is one of the Performance Indicator requirements of a Career and Technical Diploma Endorsement.

This school year's MERA grant allowed marketing education program students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom at the DECA (a business, marketing, hospitality, and finance chapter) Hornets Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference, Fall Competitive Excellence Conference, and the DECA Career Development Conference also known as State. At CDC students competed with students from across the state in various marketing-related events. Representing St. Amant High with 26 students were Clayton Villemarette (LA DECA State President), Ambar Hicks, Julie Breaux, Chris Kelley, Kase Savoy, Elise Normand, Kaitlyn Biri, Sage Kling, Raylie Bourgeois, LeeAmber Perry, Olivia Dichary, Nicole Joyeaux, Brittany Dearmond, Jade Sheets, Kristy Peabody, Peyton Monte, Holden Prejean, Logan Ganaway, Chez Babin, Michael Minvielle, Mytrail Whitehead, Dylan Tucker, Amber Bartell, Matt Sperandeo, Scout Savoy, Terry (T.J.) Folks.

17 students places in 22 events (some students placed twice.)

  • ·Written events:

1st Elise Normand (ENI, Entrepreneurship Innovation)

2nd Julie Breaux, Chez Babin, Michael Minvielle (ENI, Entrepreneurship Innovation)

3rd Matt Sperandeo, Amber Bartell, Brittany Dearmond (CSP, Community Service Project)

  • Individual Role play events:

6th TJ Folks (CS, Customer Service) & Amber Bartell (RMS, Retail Merchandising Series)

4th Scout Savoy (CS, Customer Service)

3rd Elise Normand (AAM, Apparel & Accessories Marketing), Matt Sperandeo (RMS, Retail Merchandising Series), Mytrail Whitehead (PMK, Principles of Marketing)

2nd Clayton Villemarette (CS, customer Service), Nicole Joyeaux (PBM, Principles of Business Management and Administration), & Olivia Dichary (PMK, Principles of Marketing)

1st Kase Savoy (CS, Customer Service), Chris Kelley (PBM, Principles or business Management and Administration), & LeeAmber Perry (PHT, Principles of Hospitality & Tourism)

  • Team Role play events:

3rd Scout Savoy (HTDM, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making Event), & Chris Kelley (HTDM, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making Event)

  • ·Testing Event:

5th Kristy Peabody (MAB, Math Application in Business)

  • $500 Scholarship to Johnson and Wales:

Elise Normand (AAM, Apparel & Accessories Marketing),

Scout Savoy (HTDM, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making),

Chris Kelley (HTDM, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making event),

Matt Sperandeo (RMS, Retail Merchandising Series)

Grant funding was also used for OSHA training and certification of students. Approximately 40 St. Amant High School students will receive training, successfully complete certifications in OSHA Basic Orientation Plus and obtain ARSC Reciprocal cards – also known as the OSHA or GBRIMA card.

MERA is also funding St. Amant High School's Career and College Day for Seniors on March 21st with a $500 Grant. Seniors will have the chance to talk to colleges to learn more about their options such as 4 year colleges,

technical schools, and community colleges. Students will also hear presentations from and get to network with business professionals from each of the 16 career clusters.

Marketing Education Retail Alliance was created in 2000 and is administered by the Louisiana Retailers Association. MERA grants are funded through the Louisiana Department of Economic Development under the authority of LA R.S. 47:318.