Hershey High School was named the winner at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC’s 11th annual Chamber High School Business Challenge on Wednesday, April 24. In second place was a team from Big Spring High School, and teams from Lower Dauphin High School placed third and fourth. All teams earned scholarship prizes as a result of the competition.
“My staff and I were honored to help mentor Cloud 3, the Big Spring 2nd place winners of the Challenge,” stated PA State Representative Barb Gleim. “This was an extraordinary team of young entrepreneurs who had a viable and clear mission and vision, and I look forward to following them in their future endeavors. Congratulations again for a job well done.”
The team from Hershey High School won for their idea “Rotacel”, a bangle bracelet that doubles as a power bank by charging through movement. The concept focuses on a small ball inside the bracelet that uses kinetic energy to charge the bracelet. This provides the wearer an always-charged portable power bank through which they can charge their electronic devices throughout the day. The students are already working on a patent for their idea with the hopes of one day making this business plan a reality. Team members included students Angie Bu, Alex Rapp, Hannah Bliss, Olivia Falcucci and Eirinn Flanagan. The team was advised by Colette Silvestri and mentored by Lynda Morris from SCPaWorks.
“I love this challenge as it unites our students with our region’s business community,” said Colette Silvestri, Gifted Support Teacher at Hershey High School.“My students have always loved and respected this competition as it provided them with a ‘real challenge’ that truly prepares them for the real world of business.”
Cloud3 (ethical/green beauty subscription box) from Big Spring High School came in second place; third place went to Fairplay (simplified video game controller for the mentally impaired) from Lower Dauphin High School; fourth place finisher was Hynoz (smart nightstand/furniture), also from Lower Dauphin High School.
“Look out Elon Musk, Cher Wang and Larry Page! The world’s greatest entrepreneurs better be ready because these kids are going to be stars,” said David La Torre, founder of La Torre Communications and one of the judges. “Their ingenuity, passion and drive are inspiring. I cannot wait to see what they come up with next.”
Cash scholarship prizes were made possible by generous sponsorships from the regional business community: LaTorre Communications and Mowery served as presenting sponsors, Supporting sponsor was Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation at Shippensburg University, and Patron sponsors were BELCO Community Credit Union, Penn National Insurance, Schaedler Yesco Distribution Inc., St@rtup Harrisburg andTransworld Business Advisors.
“The Challenge fosters relationships between students and professionals with the hope that these business-savvy students will bring their ideas and talent back to our region after completing their education,” explains David Black, President & CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC. “Retaining a strong workforce is very important to us, and it can start with our students.”
School districts interested in participating in the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC’s 2020 Chamber High School Business Challenge should contact Taylour Trostle, Government Relations Manager, at (717) 213-5041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC serves as a catalyst for promoting growth and quality of life in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties through bold leadership, visionary members and powerful results. The organization provides a unique blend of business, community/economic development and advocacy services under one roof to boost the economic vitality and livability across our region. The Chamber & CREDC has been accredited with five stars from the United States Chamber of Commerce—a distinction achieved by only 2 percent of chambers across the nation.