Students at Granite High School are singing the praises of America's free enterprise system.
A red-white-and-blue-clad barbershop quartet including William Inman, David Hurst, Bryan Miller and Howard Clark has used an original song composed by Inman to persuade fellow students and their community that free enterprise works.Inman and Tyler Anderson have headed a committee that came up with a variety of ways to note Free Enterprise Week, said Gary Clark, teacher/adviser for Granite's Distributive Education Clubs of America unit.
The week opened with a proclamation signed by Gov. Norm Bangerter declaring the special activities in honor of America's economic system. A roster of daily speakers has included a number of local businessmen, including Ashley Raider, Phillips 66; Brad Parkin of South Towne Mall; Gary Barber, Coca Cola Co.; Niles Mathews, Sizzler Restaurants; Bill Carlston, management consultant; Jay Francis, Utah Jazz; Quintin T. Wells, owner of Filmworks and president of the Sandy Chamber of Commerce; Bill Beadle, Better Business Bureau; Cliff Allen, Pepsi Co.; and Jeff Passey, 49th Street Galleria.
Business classes were surveyed to determine students' understanding of the free enterprise system and an essay contest was open to all the student body.
"Free enterprise candy bars" were sold to support DECA activities.
"The potential for the DECA program this year is unlimited," said President Jennifer Porter.
Utah DECA President Brandy L. Brown, also cheered on the Granite activities in behalf of the student marketing program. "DECA is definitely the experience of a lifetime."
Later this year, the Granite students will compete in various areas of DECA emphasis. Last year, the Granite District school fielded a second-place team in national Free Enterprise competition, Clark said.