Virtual Enterprise students prepare to leave for New York competition – The Bark
Bearden Virtual Enterprise students are finalizing preparations for their biggest competition of the year. Eight students will depart for New York on Sunday to participate in the three-day event.
Virtual Enterprise is an international high school program that teaches students how to run a business with the help of mentors and business professors to prepare students for the possibility of a future in business.
VE is a capstone course and each student must complete a business course prior to the course.
VE is a high-participation class that forces students to step out of their comfort zone. One of the goals of VE is to give students a better understanding of economics, by getting paychecks, paying bills, managing a budget, and paying taxes.
Students are interviewed for Virtual Enterprise and after being accepted for the one-year course, they brainstorm business ideas and fall into different roles, from CEO to salesperson. They participate in several competitions a year. For some VE students, the most anticipated is the New York competition.
“You must qualify for the trip to New York (individually and as a company),” said VE sponsor Ms. Jami Aylor. “This year we qualified in social media, HR and QuickBooks.”
Virtual Enterprise will pitch at Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) against many other VE companies across the country.
“The first round is a preliminary round that we have to take part in and if we make it, we will take part in the final round for the final classification,” said junior Kenna Venard. “On other days, we plan to do several city tours to better understand the concept of business in America.”
VE’s first task in New York is to compete with other high school programs and deepen their knowledge of running a business, but it can also be a fun journey for students, whose hard work finally pays off. its fruit. During the trip, students will sightsee, attend a Broadway musical, and visit well-known New York restaurants when not competing.
This year’s venture is Plas Tech, and its goal is to remove microplastics from drinking water and limit the effects that ingesting microplastics can cause. Toxic properties such as carcinogens can be found in microplastics, which have been shown to cause cancers and other life-threatening diseases. Plas Tech’s activity therefore strives to provide a non-toxic alternative to traditional plastic, starting with the bottle.
“In our company this year, PlasTech, my role is the director of brand strategy, which means that I am in charge of the graphic design of the brand image of the company,” said Venard.
After multiple competitions and fairs, the work is finally bearing fruit. VE students have worked all year to perfect their business, website and talking points for Plas Tech and are excited to represent Bearden High School at the Nationals.
“I’m very happy to be qualified to go to New York,” Kaili Ajamie said. “It’s very unreal and special to compete against people from all over the country.
“My team and I put a lot of time and effort into making this presentation the best it could be, and I’m very proud of us.”