Business Dept. Lends Challenger High a Hand with First Shark Tank

Catawba Valley Community College’s Business Department recently assisted Challenger Early College High School with its own Shark Tank-type student competition.

Joshua Poole, Challenger’s Early College’s History Instructor used a National Geographic Resource Project entitled “Young Entrepreneurs” in order to teach concepts of demographics and spatial relationships. The project required student groups to determine a location that would lead to a high business concept success rate using Geographic Information System (GIS) software called My World GIS.

Poole employed the assistance of Gary Muller, CVCC’s Business Department Head, to organize a Shark Tank-type setting for students to present their projects. Students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, including Challenger High Principal Heather Benfield; Poole; Muller and other Challenger instructors. The presentations were judged on originality of idea, research and presentation skills.

Gary Muller stated that “CVCC’s Business Department was extremely excited to be a small part of Joshua’s creative and fun student learning experience. We look forward to collaborating on other business related projects in the future.”

A winner from every class, as well as an overall winner, was selected with over 60 students participating in this year’s event. The winners include:

11:00 Class: Club Elemental
Nicholas Uncles
Elijah Smith
Alyssa Teague
Hayley Hinson

Overall Winner: Boba Fruitea Life (11:00 Class)
Chresty Xiong
Melissa Thai
Mani Moua
Pazoo Yang

12:45 Class Winner: Hydrophobic
Lido Carbajal
Monica Leyva
Belinda See
Haley Mills
Victoria Olender

2:20 Class Winner: Victus
Kou Yang
Kalia Her
Rober Turnbull
Daisy Vang
KongMeng Lee

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