Posted by AnnO, a resident of the Verona neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2013 at 9:42 am
I judged this event and I can tell you from an entirely non-biased opinion that Foothill rocked this event-so much talent- also have to give a shout out to Amador- the one person I judged from there gave a truly amazing performance. They make Pleasanton proud~
Posted by Dave Walden, a resident of another community, on Jan 28, 2013 at 9:17 am Dave Walden is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I had the opportunity to be a judge this year and was quite amazed. For the most part, the students were well prepared for their presentation and had good ideas. In my section the students who signed up for my "specialty" were give the first two pages of a problem while I was give then entire six. The student was given ten minutes to read, understand and prepare a presentation to me a business owner who had a problem. The other four pages of the problem offered suggested alternative solutions for my understanding. I as amazed at the presentation for most and the moxy of others - one student greeted me confidently and with excitement and then proceeded to tell me that she needed to do more study and would get back to me. She got a low score but I was impressed with her approach of confidence in the face of knowing she would fail.
All in all it was a great experience and I was fatigued at the end of the day from the intensity of listening to all of maybe 15 presentations during the day. Give it a try of the opportunity arises.
Posted by Tami Raaker, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Jan 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm
Thanks for the positive comments! It is encouraging to both my students and myself! We truly appreciate the support of our community. We are always looking for judges :) if anyone wants to join in the fun! In fact, we are looking for judges at our State Conference March 1st & 2nd in Santa Clara. If you have an interest, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Sarah Chew, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Feb 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm
I would just like to say that I am proud of everyone who competed and won at Norcal! :) I myself and my teammates were very surprised that we took 3rd at the competition for our category. With hard work and determination, it paid off. We could not have succeeded without the help of our amazing advisor Mrs. Raaker, our Foothill DECA officers, and our amazing alumni who came back to give us a lending hand as they took time out of their day to help us progress. I'm so happy that I joined the class, it has taught me very many useful values in life, skills, and organization. I really hope that many more students will continue to take the two business classes at Foothill and are able to thrive at the competitions coming in the next years for them. So happy I had friends who encouraged and excited me to take the class. Although it is my senior year and I'm only able to be in DECA for one year, it is by far the best class choice and life choice I have made :)