Monday, February 6, 2017

ISM Students Advance to State in DECA

On January 14th, 2017, 80+ students from Liberty High School competed at the DECA District Conference in Haltom, Texas. DECA is an organization that prepares students for careers in business and entrepreneurship. Students compete in a variety of events encompassing marketing, finance, business administration, hospitality, and travel and tourism. Competitive events include multiple choice tests, roleplays, in which students are given a scenario to solve and present in front of a judge. Students may also write a paper or business plan and present it. Through DECA, students learn business jargon and economics, while developing their communication skills and displaying leadership.
In previous years, Liberty has had approximately 45 competitors advance to State. However, this year, the chapter had a record-breaking 70+ competitors move on to the next level of competition. The State Career Development Conference will be in San Antonio from February 23-25. Students who win first in their event will then compete at the International Level in Anaheim, California in April.

ISM Students who qualified for State Competition include:
  • Khusbu Shah
  • Yashwant Harkara
  • Amy Zhang
  • Benjamin Hasan
  • Shivkar Amara
  • Shriya Reddy
  • Amy Abraham
  • Ellie Chen
  • Megha Ganapuram
  • Karthik Dharmalingam
  • Rithika Proddutoor
  • Raj Raikundalia
  • Mia Rho
  • Prateek Sangineni
  • Lamia Zuberi
  • Shree Balaji
ISM wishes these students and the others competing good luck.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Student Snapshot : Rithika Proddutoor // Passion to Product

Liberty ISM Senior Rithika Proddutoor is no stranger to running. She has been a Varsity Cross Country runner at Liberty throughout high school and was Captain her junior and senior year. In the fall, she led a group of strong girls to 3rd place at the UIL State Meet in Round Rock, Texas. Additionally, she is a member of Oiselle Volée, a diverse community of women who seek to empower others. Oiselle, an athletic sportswear company, represents feminism and sisterhood, which Rithika is passionate about. As part of this group, Rithika seeks to continue her passion for running, while inspiring others to conquer their own boundaries and realize they are capable of more than they think.

Rithika is a member of the Wildway Crew, which “highlights ordinary people doing extraordinary things”. Wildway is a breakfast and snack foods producer that believes in inspiring others to live a healthier, fuller life. As a member of the Crew, Rithika shares her story, describing how her passion of running transformed her from a shy, quiet girl to a strong, confident woman and challenged her to push her physical and mental boundaries. The full article can be found on Wildway’s blog
Combining her background in running and her research in endocrinology in ISM, Rithika is working to create a guide for high school and college endurance athletes, which focuses on maximizing performance through self-care and awareness. The guide will be science-based, but involve Rithika’s personal experiences as well. Rithika hopes the guide will help others be their best self and live wild, while being healthier and happier.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Busy Mental Health Day at Collin County Courthouse - Student Snapshot: Shrinidhi Joshi

Wednesday, January 4th was a busy day at the Collin County Courthouse due to backlog from the holidays. As a result, there were numerous mental health cases on the docket. Recently, ISM student Shrinidhi Joshi started her mentorship with Ms. Alyse Ferguson, the Attorney Director of Collin County's Mental Health Managed Counsel Program and was given the opportunity to observe two of the many mental health cases. The Mental Health Managed Counsel Program is a “county advocacy program that helps keep those with mental illness out of the criminal justice system and into proper treatment and care” facilities (

At the courthouse, Shrinidhi observed two court hearings in the 219th District Court and 380th District Court respectively. She learned a significant amount about the legal system in correspondence with mental health because each case was distinctly unique. Trial law, indigent defense, psychiatric evaluations and court proceedings are a few of the topics she gained exposure to.

Shrinidhi hopes to continue learning about the interesting field of Indigent Defense and hopes to continue having intriguing opportunities throughout the year.