The Nelson McIntyre Collegiate Junior Achievement (JA) Manitoba team just completed a year to remember.
The JA team captured an unprecedented 12 awards at the JA Annual Awards Dinner on May 15; then won 4 more awards at the University of Manitoba’s Stu Clark High School Venture Championships on May 26.
JA is an international entrepreneurship-training organization that challenges high school students to start a small business in a real life context.
Each high school JA team is tasked with inventing a product, considering a target market, packaging the product and selling the product to the public at large.
The team’s innovative product, the “DOT”, solves the problem of tangled ear phone buds that, according to the team’s research, most Generation Z and Y students say is a real hassle.
The DOT is a 2 ½ inch diameter round wooden ear bud wire de-tangler in which users can tautly wrap wires around a carved out ridge that runs through the middle of the device with the speaker heads inserted into two holes on each side of the ridge. The device fits easily into a pocket or purse.
In a maker studio environment, the Nelson Mac team sold 840 units, more than any other JA school in the province.
The recognitions included the Anthony McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship to Walid Ayyacche for $750.00; the Future Leader of Manitoba Award to Brandon McEwan for $1000.00 and the prestigious JA Company of the Year Award.
At the University of Manitoba, Katy Hawthorne and Walid Ayyache carried off the largest award -- $2000 scholarships for the Best Business Plan and Presentation.
The team also contributed $500 to the Dream Factory to support kids with life-threatening illnesses.
Congratulations to all of the students involved for their efforts and accomplishments!
Learn more about Junior Achievement in Manitoba here.