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June 6, 2007: Taravella DECA members recognized
The Coral Springs City Commission recognized the Taravella DECA members for winning 2nd place with their presentation “Smart Driver Program” on Top of the World in Orlando, Florida. Stephanie Brent-Harris, Luis Espinosa and Adam Gurewicz presented the 25-page manual to business representatives. The project encouraged students to adopt smart driving habits, wear seat belts, and avoid driving distractions. The DECA members won 2nd place out of 100 Public Relations Projects entered throughout the United States and five foreign countries. From a total of 37 competitive events, J.P. Taravella was the only school from Broward to finish in the top 10. “We held activities to inform the students at our school about the dangers of driving under the influence or without a seatbelt. We later measured our influence and found that 15% more students are now wearing their seatbelts,” Stephanie Brent-Harris said. “After only a week, we made a big impact.” “That 15% increase equals 800 students, so they did a phenomenal job,” Mr. Jamie Simmons, marketing teacher at J.P. Taravella, added.

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