Machias Students set to Take on the World 

Wayne Harvey

Tuesday morning three students from Machias Memorial High School will be heading to Los Angeles to take on the world.The students are State Champions after winning their events in march in a marketing and management competition.So now it’s off to an international contest.And according to their instructor in Entrepreneurship, Brian Leavitt it’s getting them ready for life after high school. “This is what it’s all about, having real life experiences in High School and we’re trying to get these kids ready for the world of work and an event like this does that.”Fifteen students from Machias Memorial High School went to the competition that was held in Portland in early March.Three of them came back as the best in the state of Maine.Juniors Megan Scoville and Jordan Ranke created in the Fashion Merchandise Promotion Plan, and they developed everything about a store from the budget to the clothes.Ranke said “They really liked what we had to show them, they said that we fed off each other very well when we presented and they told us that we said like to much but it was good feedback for when we go to Nationals.”Senior Shawn Kelley couldn’t really prepare ahead of time, he was given a scenario and then ten minutes to formulate a marketing plan and present it to the judges. His expectations were pretty low.”I thought you know I was going to get in there and be almost laughed off the stage but I thought I did really well for being a first timer.”From the words on their classroom wall, to a presentation, it turned into a 25 hundred dollar scholarship, and now a trip to Los Angeles to match wits with the top students in the US and beyond.”12 to 15 thousand people there so it’s going to be this huge number of people in all of our events” said Kelley. “And it’s going to be you know kind of the best of the best going against each other.”Scoville added ” I think just getting to California is accomplishing a lot and being able to compete against all these people around the world, I mean we actually placed I will be like wow!”They will fly from Bangor Tuesday morning, the competition is slated for Friday in Los Angeles. While they are in California the students will get to do some sightseeing as well, they are planning on taking in a Dodgers game, going to Disneyland and visiting Laguna Beach.