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Princeton High School Students among top business students in the country

Five students at Princeton High School (PHS) scored among the top business students nationwide on rigorous exams to test their business knowledge.  The exams are part of the school’s High School of Business™ program, a national accelerated business administration program of the MBA Research and Curriculum Center. Approximately 8,000 students from across the nation participated in the program during the 2018-19 school year.


Receiving top scores were: Olivia LaVeaux and Abigya Kebede (Principles of Business), Enrique Mendiola (Business Economics), and Darian Braddix and James Lemker (Principles of Marketing).


“The business classes at Princeton High School rigorously prepare our students for life success by teaching a strong foundation of best practices relating to marketing, accounting, economics, innovation and supply chain management,” commented Tom Burton, superintendent of Princeton City School District. “The students have worked very hard in an extremely competitive program and I am proud of what they have accomplished.” 


Students participating in High School of Business™ complete real, hands-on business projects through a series of six courses. The program also includes observational internships, opportunities to earn college credit, and local oversight via a steering team of college faculty, business professionals, and school personnel.


Rebecca McCowan, business teacher at PHS also runs the DECA Club, which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in finance, marketing, hospitality, and management. The DECA Club now oversees the Viking Spirit Shop store where Princeton Viking fans can purchase specialized clothing and items with the school emblems on them. 


“My students put what they learn in class into action, as they create merchandise and manage the school store,” said McCowan.  “From customer service to marketing a product, the students face experiences that prepare them to be adaptable in their decision-making teamwork.”


High School of Business™ is a program of MBA Research, a non-profit organization specializing in educational research and the development of business and marketing curriculum for high schools and colleges across the U.S. The accelerated program is designed for college-bound students with interest in business administration careers, such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, or management.


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