EAST ORANGE, NJ — On any given school day, you can walk into room A406 and/or the School Based Enterprise (Jaguar Den School Store) at East Orange Campus High School and find a group of highly talented students who are enrolled in the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program engaged in the CTE Business Curriculum Pathway of Supply Chain Management. The students work in a Structured Learning — Project Based Environment where they acquire foundational knowledge and real-world skills. 

During the last four weeks however, the level of intensity was increased as Robert Thomas, the Academic Coach of the CTE Supply Chain Management Team, collaborated with his colleagues to begin working with the Student Team Members of the CTE Program to prepare for the 2020 Rutgers University/New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Supply Chain Management High School State Championship.  

After the initial rigor, the best presenters from Thomas’ four classes were chosen to travel to Rutgers University — New Brunswick Campus and represent East Orange Campus High School as one team in the competition that was held on January 16th.

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The competition was broken into two divisions, beginners and advanced with each high school competing in the preliminary rounds in which the two top high schools in each division faced off in a final round championship competition presentation. The winning teams were chosen by judges comprised of Rutgers Professors, representatives from the NJDOE, as well as Industry and Business Experts in Supply Chain Management. The final round of the championship competition presentations took place in a Rutgers classroom amphitheater which seats over 100 people that included the judges as well as students, guests, parents and administrators representing school districts throughout the State of New Jersey.

East Orange Campus High School who was represented by juniors Aranyse Mirror-Douglas, Nyanna Emanuel, and Sarai Ortega-Hernandez emerged from the preliminary rounds in the advanced competition to defend the Schools’ State Championship Title that was captured in the 2019. It was won by Douglas, Emanuel, Ortega-Hernandez, and Destiny Thomas who were sophomores at that time.

When the final results were announced that East Orange Campus High School had successfully defended its title, there was a huge uproar of excitement throughout the auditorium.

Passaic County Vocational & Technical High School won the 2020 Supply Chain Management Beginners Team Competition.

As posted on the New Jersey Department of Education website, “Congratulations are in order for the winners: Passaic County Technical School Institute (Beginners) and East Orange Campus High School (Advanced)! All the phenomenal participants displayed cutting edge presentations and incredible proficiency in the area of Supply Chain Management.”    

It appears that “Team Jaguars” has only scratched the surface of what’s to come!