Students from Honors Accounting and Marketing classes recently took first place in a regional competition similar to Shark Tank. Sponsored by Moraine Area Career Systems and Moraine Valley, students were asked to create a product or service and present it to a panel of judges, or investors, to convince them of the value of their product. Students had to prove that the product could work in the market, include a financial analysis of money needed for start up and profit, and show balance sheet and income statements for the business.
On Friday, March 10, 2017, Spartan students Aleksandra Stoch, Ben Buikys and Gina Snyder competed against Reavis, Stagg, Shepard, and Evergreen Park High School and won first place. Their product, titled Buddy Bracelets and designed for pre-school and elementary teachers, is intended to make a field trip experience less stressful for the chaperone and teacher. The bracelets come in a pack of 10 for the students and one leader bracelet for the teacher. The GPS tracking device allows the teacher to know the exact location of all students at all times.
Also, Graphic Design teacher Dan Kenny’s engineering student Dan Duran designed and produced the prototype of the product. The students took the prototype with them to the competition so the judges had something tangible.
Accounting and Marketing teacher Amy Campbell said, "I am so proud of the students. Not only was their product an innovative and smart idea, but the judges, who are business professionals with M.B.As, were ready to invest.”