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This year’s 15-week Junior Achievement Entrepreneurial Academy at Stanley/Black&Decker, included several students from surrounding towns, and three Berlin High School students: Steven Miano, Connor Recck, and Briana Muller. The students created a company, called Lo-K8, selling a Bluetooth-enabled device that helps track small commonly lost items, such as keys, sunglasses, phones, and more. In June, four of these students (Briana Muller; Anna Szekeres, Avon; Rashmi Rajesh, Farmington; and Calvin Harris, New Britain) competed at the Travelers PGA/FedEx Golf Tournament in Cromwell, and took first place, which qualified them for the finals at the PGA/FedEx Tour Stop in Atlanta, Georgia. JA student companies from all over the USA, pitched their business proposals to the judging panel, which included athletic celebrities and local business affiliates. Proposals were evaluated on presentation, content, visual aids, and connectivity to either innovation, sustainability, job creation, or trade. Lo-K8 impressed the judges to win the inaugural FedEx Junior Business Challenge, earning a $75,000 donation for JA of Southwest New England to further support youth entrepreneurship.
Nicole Diorio is the coordinator for the Stanley/Black&Decker Academy; Jacqueline Lombardi managed the junior business challenge for the PGA tour; and Lorraine Wicklund, business educator at Berlin High School, is the site teacher for the Junior Achievement Stanley/Black&Decker Academy.
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