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Early College HS students receive awards at Innovation Challenge


Students from EVSC's Early College High School demonstrated leadership this past weekend at the Junior Achievement Innovation Challenge.

The challenge was the culminating activity of a program facilitated by Junior Achievement volunteers from area businesses and industry.

The first round included 18 group projects. Five were from EVSC's Early College High School.

As part of the challenge, students in Steve Tron's Advanced Management and Entrepreneurship classes at Early College were grouped together. Each group were tasked with developing an innovative product that solved a need in our society.

Along with their idea, students had to develop an elevator pitch and business plan for their proposed product.

A winning group from each class was selected and invited to participate in the Innovation Challenge.

Four groups from Early College all received awards for their projects:

  • Nick Belcher's product, “Lacefi” earned him third place and a cash prize and a $1,000, three-year renewable scholarship to the University of Evansville. Lacefi is a Wi-Fi shoelace that gives users unlimited access to the Internet through the use of satellite and one's home network. Nick developed and built a prototype with Atheros Wireless Adaptors as a manufacturer of a prototype wireless router tie-in built specifically to Nick's specifications.
  • McKaila Parker and Miranda Harper developed a no-show sock that does not slide off the heel like other no-show socks. Their product, “Sockease,” was actually modeled by McKaila and comes in many different colors. Sockease earned both students a $1,000 scholarship to UE, renewable for three years. In addition, Miranda received a $500, two-year renewable scholarship to Ivy Tech.
  • Destiny Baxter and Kaylen Meeks received a $500, two-year renewable scholarship to Ivy Tech for their project, “The Simple Life.” Their product was designed to help prevent spills. They developed a lid locking system that would lock on to throw away cups and keep the beverage in when spilled. Their project also earned them a cash award for the Most Efficient Idea.
  • Tyler Reifsteck, Abbi Moers and Seth Carlisle for their company, ARAC. ARAC is a reverse online sales idea which does the opposite of eBay. The proposed web-based service would list items people wanted to buy. Sellers would then contact the buyers through the website and bid to sell their items. Tyler received a $500, two-year renewable scholarship from Ivy Tech for this idea.

Lacefi and Sockease advanced to the final round in which students will present their product in front of a crowd and all judges.

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