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DECA Blazers team earns most Laker Effect Challenge prize money

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Posted on April 17, 2018

The DECA Blazers team secured the most prize money during the Spring Laker Effect Challenge.

"DECA Blazers: Youth Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship & Innovation" earned $2,500 at the April 12 event. Team members are Zee Kandanga, Ben Parsell, Luciano Hernandez, and Shorouq Almallah, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Seidman College of Business, in collaboration with Innovation Central High School.

Each team of students, faculty and staff members worked with a community partner to pitch their idea before judges.

Other prize recipients are listed below.

• Harrison Park Uniform Project, $1,000: Steven Sholten, Liberal Studies, in collaboration with Harrison Park Elementary & Middle School

• Cultivating the Garden of Eatin’: The Greenhouse Initiative, $1,000: Kmystry Taylor-Jackson, Erika Vanderlaan, Ines Koenig, Nadia Bowman, Rachel Wayne, Belinda Fordjour, Jonathan DeVries, K’mystry Taylor-Jackson, Elaine Jarzeboski and Lori Houghton-Rahrig, Kirkhof College of Nursing, in collaboration with The Other Way Ministries

• Ride Your Way LLC: Non-Emergent Medical Transportation, $500: Thomas and Brandyn Sikkema, Kirkhof College of Nursing, in collaboration with Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation

Three top public vote poster presentations received $500. For more information, visit