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Lunch battle fuels Apprentice leaders

Student leadership will host the annual Apprentice lunch in effort to boost motivation on May 10. Similar to NBC?s The Apprentice, hosted by
Donald Trump, the class will divide into four groups whose goal is to not get ?fired?.

Leadership students were given two days to prepare for the lunch and post advertisments throughout the campus.

“It may seem like a small amount of time, but in the end we always pull it off,” Jeremy Ramos, ’07, said. “Something just clicks and we realize that we have to get the job done.”

The groups will sell a variety of foods including Tri-Tip sandwhiches, Mexican, Italian and 50s style hamburgers.

?I?m not sure which food item I am going to get yet,? Kristina Logan, ?10, said. ?I think I might get Italian because I like pasta.?

In the reality television show, the contestants must complete a task and find creative ways to outdo their opponents to prevent themselves from being eliminated.

Leadership advisers Ericlee Gilmore and Josh Tosland will replicate Trump’s judging tactics by critiquing the groups in several categories such as: over-all sales and profits, teamwork, organization, promotions, presentation, quality of product, participation and time management.

?The purpose of the competition is to teach kids to be responsible leaders,? Gilmore said. ?It directly affects the leadership students so they are motivated to do better.?

Promotions for the competition seem prominent as advertisements provide the only source of information to the student body.

?Our group is on top of our game,? Jeremy Ramos, ?07, said. ?I think American food is traditional and the 50s car-hop style is inviting. All the groups are well rounded and it will be a close competition.?

The project leader of each group is in charge of coordination and execution of the event. Their success will be determined by who collects the most profits while utilizing leadership skills.

“The hardest part of being the group leader is I have to get everyone in my group organized and I have to assign jobs,” Kevin Damm, ’09, said. “It’s hard to keep track of what everyone is doing. I chose to be a group leader because I like the pressure.”

The following day the four groups will enter the “boardroom” unsure of the results and criticism which will come from Tosland and Gilmore. Students must prepare to judge the performance of their group and product while avoiding the degrading of their opponents.

Tosland and Gilmore make the ultimate decision of which group deserves to win despite biast from students.

After the lunch competition, leadership plans to close the year with the final WSL meeting on May 14. The Pirates of the Caribbean-themed event will decide which school will coordinate next year?s meetings.

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    Rainey HayesOct 3, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Kudos to you Suzanna, you finally put Stobbe in his place.

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    Suzanna QuiringOct 3, 2009 at 6:44 am

    I would like to quietly defend myself by saying after I did spill the coffee, Mr. [David] Martens [IT Director] said immediately, “No drinks in the computer lab!” So I was not entirely to blame… And besides, we were in the middle of something important.

    But I do regret my violent shooing ? and its rather wet consequences. Sorry Stobbe!

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    Mary HierholzerOct 3, 2009 at 6:44 am

    A similar incident happened again the same day (today) with Stobbe’s coffee- third period he told me to go get him some coffee and when I was getting it; it spilled all over my hand and it hurt all of third period!

    What is it with Stobbe’s coffee today? I find that amusing.