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Around the Island: Bidders pony-up

By DeAnn Rossetti' email='DeAnn.Rossetti@mi-reporter.com

Islander Michal Ozeri Goldberg's painted fiberglass pony, "Garden of Eden,"

sold for a whopping $5,000 at the Northwest Centers Auction held at the Washington State Convention Center on March 5.

"There were 48 ponies auctioned and most sold for less than $2,000," said Goldberg. "The (pony) by the Pratt Art Institute sold for $6,000, the highest sale, but mine came in second because there was a bidding war over it." A native of Israel who has lived on Mercer Island for the past two years, Goldberg's favored art form is ceramics. She teaches hand-building and wheel-throwing in clay at Bellevue Community College. Goldberg said that she painted a pony for charity because she's seen such an outpouring of support for charities here in America.

The Trammell Crow Company sponsored Goldberg's pony to the tune of $5,000, so she actually made $10,000 for the Northwest Center, an education, rehabilitation and work training program for people with disabilities.

Though it was its first auction, the Northwest Center took in $150,000 total. "I feel so privileged that I had the opportunity to contribute to this cause," Goldberg said.

Michal Ozeri Goldberg can be reached at 206-992-2462, or at michal@comcast.net

Ready for retail

Earlier this month several Mercer Island High School students competed at the State DECA Competition at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. DECA teaches students about business and marketing, setting up students with real life and real world business projects and sponsors. DECA students compete with students in DECA clubs across the state and nation in presenting everything from advertising campaigns, market research projects and business finance.

Among these young entrepreneurs, several MIHS students scored by working with local big-name corporations.

Given a once in a lifetime chance to work with the front office of the Seattle Supersonics, MIHS seniors, Noah Blakney, Alex Stuck, and Brad Sesnon took first place for their project in the business and financial marketing research category. Reached by cell phone on the basketball court this past weekend, team members Stuck and Blakney said the experience was invaluable.

With the guidance of Sonic managers, who came to the school to mentor the students, the trio researched employee training as a way to improve customer service at concessions.

"We have been working on the project for about a year," explained Blakney.

"Ms. Wiseley set us up with the Sonics, which was good because we are all into basketball, so it was easy to stay focussed. It was fun."

Other winners included Leah Williams with a second place in apparel and accessories management; Kelly McLeod and Danielle Rind, in partnership with Starbucks International, took second place in the international business plan category; Melissa Gaeto took second in fashion promotion planning; and Hannah Godfred with the firm, Polar Graphics, placed third in retail marketing management.

Each will attend the International Career Development Conference later this spring in California.

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