Story by Arjun Purohit
Students love DECA JR because they can collaborate on projects with their friends, and they can talk with each other. Another reason students love DECA JR is that it has a creative aspect when students are coming up with their ideas.
“I think that students should join DECA, Jr. to learn about themselves, to learn about how a business works, how to work with others, and how to help the community around them,” Michelle Janson, Clay Middle School Counselor and DECA JR sponsor, said. DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) JR Business Club is an after-school club where students learn the basics of business and entrepreneurship. DECA is held in room 115 at Clay Middle School. It started at the end of September and is held every two or three weeks.
Srikrishna Ganeshan, seventh grade, said DECA helps students succeed in the future. “It helps students improve their public speaking skills which can benefit things such as presentational skills,” he said.
In DECA, students need a business idea (similar to the high school version of DECA). This business idea is a product or idea that is supposed to help the community.
An example might be a portable phone charging cart. Students present their idea to judges who pick the best idea and give the students money to make the product. On an average day in DECA, students have the day’s lesson about business, marketing, or entrepreneurship. These lessons are usually taught by high school DECA students or occasionally by guest speakers.
Then students split into groups to work on their business idea presentations. Finally the club ends and students either take the late bus home or get picked up.
See Janson in Student Services if you have any questions.
Story by Keaton Bennett
As the school year at Clay progresses, more and more exciting things are happening. This year’s school musical production of Willy Wonka Jr., the story of Charlie Bucket, a boy who has a dream of visiting Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, is one of them. Director of Choirs, Mrs. Miranda Susie, will be leading the cast and crew in this world of pure imagination.
“I thought that it would be fun," she said. “I’ve always wanted to do Willy Wonka.”
The Clay musical has a huge number of relatable characters, great songs and amazing acting by our Clay students. The play will follow the original Willy Wonka movie (from the 70s) very closely, so it will be familiar to audiences that have seen the movie in the past.
In order to be in the show, students had to try out for the musical. According to Susie, around 150. "Twenty percent of the 300 choir students try out each year," she said.
With 70 acting roles, many students will get to be in the musical. While it's important for the cast to be on the stage, the musical can’t run smoothly without the crew, who help set up the scenes, manage the lighting and set up props.
“I’m excited to act it out," Maximus Abrams, seventh grade, said. “I like to act out the parts I’m given in a musical. I think everyone should do at least one play because it is a great experience and it is fun!”
The many characters featured in the play are Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket, Grandpa Joe and many more! The Oompa Loompas are also exciting characters, as they will appeal to younger audiences with their funny appearance, songs and acting.
Ticket sales start in November and the production will be live on November 15th, 16th and 17th at 7:00 p.m.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.