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Warrior Shack store to open at Homecoming game

A mobile version of new school store will sell school apparel and more during school and athletic events
Carly Byer (used with permission)
The Warrior Shack trailer, run by students from BPA and wrapped by students in Matt Connor’s graphics classes, will sell Warrior Gear at the Homecoming football game on Friday at McCracken Field.

A mobile version of the new Warrior Shack will open on Sept‭. ‬29‭ ‬at the Homecoming football game‭. ‬

The shack will be run by MCHS business students and will sell school apparel and more‭. ‬T-shirts will be priced at‭ $‬15‭, ‬long sleeves at‭ $‬20‭ ‬and hoodies at‭ $‬25‭. ‬

“So‭, ‬our new shop is called the Warrior Shack‭,‬”‭ ‬says business teacher Vanessa Kirk‭. ‬“There’s two types of functions for it‭. ‬Starting the second semester‭, ‬we’re going to have a space in the cafeteria‭. ‬And then starting at the home football game‭. ‬We’re going to have our mobile trailer‭.‬”‭ ‬

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Warrior Shack will take place at 5:45‭ ‬p.m‭. ‬before the football game to celebrate its grand opening‭. 

“Basically‭, ‬it’s designed for the community and for students to get apparel that’s designed by our students and made by our students‭,‬”‭ ‬Kirk says‭. ‬“With eventually us getting some other apparel items that might be a little bit more expensive from an outside vendor‭.‬”‭ ‬

The mobile shop has two managers‭ ‬‮—‬‭ ‬Michael Os and Emma Blanken‭ ‬‮—‬‭ ‬who will help keep track of inventory and money‭. 

“The goal is to have‭ [‬the mobile shop‭] ‬there for every home opener game moving forward‭,‬”‭ ‬Kirk says‭. ‬“I have soccer‭, ‬swim tennis‭, ‬volleyball‭, ‬wrestling‭, ‬baseball‭, ‬softball‭, ‬track‭, ‬water polo‭, ‬band‭, ‬and choir‭..‬”

The Orange and Black Shack at the Freshman Campus and the Warrior Warehouse at the Upper Campus will be renamed and the Warrior‭ ‬Shack will replace both spaces at each campus‭.‬

The shack profits will go towards the pilot activity Business Professionals of America for them to go to competitions and pay other expenses‭.‬

“It’s called BPA‭ ‬‮…‬‭ ‬and that club consists of over 90‭ ‬different competitions that you could compete in‭, ‬that focuses on careers and let me get this up‭,‬”‭ ‬says Kirk‭.‬

“Most of the profits will just be used to buy our new inventory‭,‬”‭ ‬Kirk continues‭, ‬“‭ ‬because we’re constantly going to try to replant like replenish our inventory‭. ‬But anything that we can do to support our students when it‭ ‬comes to these travel expenses‭ [‬for BPA competitions‭], ‬that’s why we have that school store‭. ‬

Students in BPA can compete in a number of different events including finance‭, ‬business administration‭, ‬management information systems‭, ‬digital communication and design‭, ‬management‭, ‬marketing and communication and health administration‭.‬

The Warrior Shack also has received support from a number of local businesses‭, ‬Kirk says‭, ‬including Knapheide‭, ‬Black Diamond‭, ‬Buss Ford‭, ‬The Bremer Team and from the Class of 2023‭.‬

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