Son of Raquel and Joseph Jirsa...


May 16, 1994

JOSEPH E. JIRSA III, 17, son of Raquel and Joseph Jirsa Jr., of Guadelupe Drive north of Westminster.

School: Senior at Westminster High School.

Honored for: Being named semifinalist in the National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program. His mother was born in Puerto Rico.

Joseph also was honored by the Carroll County Board of Education Wednesday for qualifying in the Hispanic Scholar program. At that meeting, he was among six Westminster High School students commended by the board for their participation in the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) career development state conference in Hagerstown in March, and the national conference in Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, last month.

At the state conference, Joseph won three contests, including the Free Enterprise and Economics written test.

Goals: To major in marketing at the University of Maryland College Park, and to pursue a master's degree in business administration.

"I was thinking of going into market research, working on product trends, production, what's going to sell," he said.

Comments: "When I was a sophomore, I signed up for the [marketing] class because I was curious about what it was all about," Joseph said. Now he has decided to make it his career.

"I like the idea of trying to figure out what people are going to like, what they're not going to like, and whether it's going to sell or not," Joseph said.

To qualify for the national DECA conference, Joseph won one of the state contests by answering an impromptu question about how he would address a situation in which employees at a retail store were misusing their discounts.

"I told them I would hold a meeting and get all the employees and managers, and get information from employees on how to combat misuse, and maybe make it so an employee would have to contact a manager before using a discount," Joseph said.

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