Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Manage and Plan

Earlier today, Ms. Kronenberg and Mr. Grossley had the privilege to sit in the Hotel Operations Management course. Staring off today's lecture was the discussion on what makes the lodging industry unique. Everyone eagerly raised their hands, and I would not want to exempt myself from participating. Therefore, I pointed out that forecasting, which by definition means to manage and to plan ahead, was momentous in the hospitality industry. In a nutshell, accurate forecasting is the most effective method to up yield management. To maximize profit in this case, making intelligent decisions and being able to efficiently manage one's plans should always be a priority.

In the hotel industry, the skills that one learns tend to mirror life skills. It is safe to say that being selected into the Ivy League Connection has taught me to expertly manage my schedule and choose my priorities. Ever since I have been an ILC student, I have been inundated with numerous meetings and other school-related events. Having a plateful of tasks to do at this age will only prepare me for college and of course, my future, when I am in the business world.

Though everyone I know celebrates Independence Day on the fourth, it is utterly different here in Ithaca. For Ithaca residents, tomorrow is the time where they plan to rejoice and to mark the occassion with fireworks.

Until tomorow,


  1. Stacy,

    You got it going on, girl! You seem to have your head screwed on straight and have a firm plan about what you want to do and what it’s going to take to achieve your goals. I like it!

    It’s becoming more the norm, Stacy, for communities to have their July 4th celebrations on the 3rd. This is the first time I’m seeing them scheduled for the 2nd, though. Here in Richmond they’re scheduled for the 3rd. Richmond does that so more people can enjoy more of the celebrations. Party hearty in Richmond on the 3rd and then continue the party in some other community on the 4th. Maybe that’s the plan in Ithaca.

  2. A nice post. I am glad that you have found your stride and feel confident and comfortable at Cornell. However, what I am hopeful to find out from you is why the ILC has opened up your world? How did we as supporters make a difference? How are you different now than when you boarded the van to leave to go on this journey that started in San Francisco?

    Tell us about your roommate, what is she all about and how is she doing in her class. Take us into her world, do a video clip interview with her and get her honest impressions about the Ivy League Connection. I am sure that you and her have talked about each other's district and how they compare. So do an impromptu interview. We want to learn more about the students and why they decided to come to Cornell.

    No one to date has discussed the living situation at Mary Donlon, what is like to live there amongst other high performing students. How does it feel to wake up everyday not seeing your mother and father? Take us through the experience. We want to give students who apply next year a true snapshot into the world of an ILC student at Cornell.

    Finally, is the Hotel Operations Course worth it? Has it met your expectations and if so why? Your ANALYSIS is essential to our success. If we are going to invest precious resources into the program then we need to understand its value.

    Stacy, you have a lot of drive and determination. You thirst for success. I feel it when we speak and I see it in your eyes. I know that are equipped to do well so please give us more and tell us why this program is not just important to you, but the district.

    Hope all else is well.

    Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District