Virtual Enterprise to participate in Murfreesboro State, in hopes of qualifying to move to New York – The Bark
Bearden’s virtual company has put a lot of effort into preparing for this year’s regional competition. Due to their dedication and hard work, they were able to place in the top two teams, qualifying them to compete at the national level.
“We spent a lot of time on our presentation, and knowing that we ranked among the best, it feels good,” said Youssif Albaba, accountant and senior at VE. “I can’t wait to compete for the state.”
The state competition will take place on Wednesday. It will feature Tennessee’s top six teams, which each include two teams from East, West and Middle Tennessee.
The Bearden team will depart Wednesday morning and travel to Murfreesboro to present in the boardroom of the Rutherford County Education Council, where the competition is held. A jury of professionals from the sector, whose identity is not revealed until the same day, will judge the competition. The six chosen teams are present at this level. It starts with their prepared presentation, which cannot exceed 10 minutes. Then there’s a five-minute question-and-answer session, and they get feedback.
This is only the first level of state competition. After that, the top three teams are selected from the group and they move on to a presentation in an auditorium, where they repeat the process at a higher level.
From that point on, a high-level team is chosen to move up to the national level in New York in April.
“In the past, they’ve taken the top two teams,” VE teacher Jami Aylor said. “But due to COVID restrictions in New York City for gatherings, they are trying to minimize the number of teams they invite.”
That one winning team will be invited to present at the Microsoft Office Center.
“I am really confident for this upcoming competition,” said CEO and senior Bradynn Belcher. “I am really delighted to see all of our hard work paying off.
“I know that no matter what, I will be so proud of all that we have accomplished.”