Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Clairemont High business students shine in national competition

Two student teams from the Academy of Business at Clairemont High School finished in the top five of the Junior Achievement Social Innovation Relay national finals sponsored by Hewlett Packard.
Clairemont team
The teams presented their social innovation idea and business to a panel of HP judges including several vice presidents across the USA via HP's online meeting.

Seniors, Stephanie Kwik, Cole McDaniel, Jesus Chagala Toral, and Matthews Abebe, presented their social business idea to help third world countries get clean water. Similar to Tom's Shoes, they would brand water bottles for sale with proceeds going to an education program starting in Ethiopia to train villagers how to create sustainable water filters using local natural resources. AOB's other team, led by Miranda Adams, presented a plan to help rescue dogs and foster children.

Student teams were mentored by CCTE teacher, Alan Walter, in his Business Management and Ownership course.

HP streamed the video feed live to HP viewing parties in Venezuela, Costa Rica and headquarters through the USA where their employees voted for the fan favorite. The winner of the USA competition wins tablets and cash and will advance to the global competition against 19 other countries. Visit HP's website for more details.