Hillcrest High School hosted the Eighteenth Annual Virtual Enterprises International Competition on Monday, December 21st, 2015 in the auditorium. The Virtual Enterprise program focuses on online business and prepares young students for real-life experiences to be business professionals. The conference was a showcase to express their knowledge of what they have learned so far.
Hillcrest students Shawn Ali, Abibat Balogun, Andy Henry, Habiba Riva, Juliet Bachu, and Vithusha Nadarajah represented their own firm, MEOW (Making Everyone Winners), coordinated by Ms. Gensler. According to the MEOW website, the group’s mission is to “connect the Virtual and Real worlds by working with animal shelters to save as many cats as possible and to help people understand the benefits they will derive by adopting a pet”.
There were students competing from seven other schools. Among those schools were: Flushing High School representing their firm Olympic Insurance; Forest Hills High School representing Velocity International; Francis Lewis representing three different firms - MatchWear, Nuapps, and ReImagin3d; Grover Cleveland High School representing Home Sweet Home; High School for Arts and Business representing Print-A-Bull Inc.; John Adams High School representing Violetta St-Jacques; and Richmond Hill High School representing DASH. Velocity International, which sells skateboards, bikes, snowboards and other accesories, earned first place, and MatchWear, a clothing firm that supports their own app to get a consumer ready based on his style, earned second place.
Even though Hillcrest did not place in the top three, they were very supportive of the winners and considered the event as a learning experience for the class. Shawn Ali, the CEO of MEOW, said, ¨Failure is the best sign of long term success. We as a team have learned and accepted our individual mistakes, and thus I'm confident that this firm will thrive starting this year. We've grasped many unique techniques from the top 3 firms like their presentation abilities and their power point presentations. Above all, honestly we worked very hard for the competition even after knowing the fact that we are new at this. I, along with other firm members, have learned to move on and try to make this firm successful every day.¨
Ms. Magrane, the director of Biz-Tek Small Learning Community, was proud of the team’s well-organized presentation. "I thought their marketing plan was particularly interesting in highlighting the service's emotional and psychological benefits to the consumer. Although the team didn't place in the competition, they should be proud of the work they did."
We wish MEOW all the best for the future so that they can establish their firm successfully.