All 9th Grade Project incorporating Consumer Communications and World Bio content, while focusing on communication, collaboration, and agency.

Facilitators:  Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Lapham, Ms. Pierce, and Ms. Van Straten

For a second year, DeKalb New Tech’s incoming freshmen explored the labels attached to their generation, Generation Z, and presented 4 year collaborative action plans to help them maximize their time at Dekalb High School and break free from the stereotype, “Generation La-Z”.  Community business partners such as Jeremiah Otis of Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings, Chris Straw of Team Quality Services, Nicole Heffelfinger of the Indiana Small Business Development Center and Anton King of DeKalb County Economic Development helped kick off the project by promoting the importance of acquiring and mastering 21st century skills like collaboration, work ethic, and written and oral communication.

A preliminary panel of judges comprised of DeKalb Middle School and DeKalb High School administrators listened to the student presentations and chose four of the twelve student groups to move on to the final presentation panel consisting of community partners, Jeremiah Otis and Anton King, as well as DeKalb High School New Tech Director, Kelly Renier.  The winning team included Matthias Rowe, Ian Heimann, Haley Henderson, Samantha Bertsch, and Isaiah Littrell.  The students are eligible for a $100 scholarship cash prize sponsored by the Community Foundation of DeKalb County payable upon graduation from DeKalb High School so long as they carry out and put into action the plan.  

2nd Annual GenDIY Project Winners 2017

Pictured from left to right: Jeremiah Otis of Jeremiah’s Brewed Awakenings, Ian Heimann, Isaiah Littrell, Samantha Bertsch, Haley Henderson, Matthias Rowe, Anton King Executive Director of DeKalb County Economic Development, Kelly Renier Director of DeKalb New Tech