(Pictured left to right – Jeremiah Burnett & Rosalie Howard)
Last week, Rosalie Howard, of the Medford Vocational Technical High School’s Marketing Program, traveled to Atlanta for DECA’s International Career Development Conference in the Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan Competition. The DECA theme for this year was “Limitless”. The conference opened with key note speaker & American Fashion Designer / Entrepreneur, Mr. Joseph Abboud. The central theme of his remarks were about overcoming adversity, not only in pursuing one’s career dreams, but also in life.
Rosalie and Jeremiah Burnett, Jr., of the MVTHS Robotics Program, spent 5 months developing her product, which took first place in the Massachusetts State DECA Competition. Her product, is an educational toy for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The toy vibrates and lights up when the child selects the right color or shape. Unfortunately, Rosalie’s project was not amongst the ones selected as a top finalists.
When Rosalie made it out the initial round of competition, she stated it really didn’t matter to her how she ended up. “I am determined to take this concept forward, get it patented and then take the next step”, she said. “Getting to Atlanta was an amazing personal accomplishment for her and the Medford Vocational Technical High School. Not only was her project thoughtful and unique, Rosalie partnered with the Robotics Program which helped to bring her dream project to life”, said Frank D’Aloisio, MVTHS Marketing Teacher.
In addition to the competition, Rosalie attended leadership skills seminars and toured the Coca Cola facility were she learned about the Hospitality and Travel Industries.