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BrandED brings 10th win for BETA

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BETA Capstone students were the overall winners of the Project Echo competition for the second year in a row. Photograph by Sydney Strucula.

BETA Capstone students were the overall winners of the Project Echo competition for the second year in a row. Photograph by Sydney Strucula.

BETA Capstone students were the overall winners of the Project Echo competition for the second year in a row. Photograph by Sydney Strucula.

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Sunday, April 8th, Business Education and Technology Academy Capstone class went to the University of California, Los Angeles for their tenth annual Project Echo competition. Mrs. Camille Strycula, four BrandED team speakers–Renae De Pena, Heather Luster, Adan Patron and Debbie Tien, seniors–and additional Capstone students geared up for a nerve-racking business competition.

Going against over 50 schools, the Capstone class competed in a business plan competition to sell their business to a panel of judges and take home another win for the BETA program.

When the event kicked off at 9:00 am, Charter Oak’s reputation winning proceeded them since they were the Overall Winner at Project Echo last year for their Vie Health project and Mrs. Strycula had received the first award of the day for the Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year.

The presenters felt the pressure of being judged on our business plan, presentation, and how well we answer the judge’s questions. After watching a number of presentations and a few near nervous breakdowns, CO’s team presented last in their assigned room.

From the moment we shook the judge’s hands to our ending applause, it was clear the judges were downright shocked by BrandED. When the presentation was over, the seven judges practically skipped the Q&A sessions and rather enthusiastically gave words of encouragement as well as suggestions for our business.

One judge was so impressed with the presentation, she said, “Your presentation makes me want to go back to high school, we did not have anything like this when I was in school.”

Not only did Charter Oak’s team impress the judges, but Mrs. Strycula herself said, “I was so impressed with your presentation that I was almost wondering who came up with the idea.” She was prepping, planning, and helping the students open the business in class since the beginning of the school year.

Although that experience was fulfilling within itself, the team had awards shortly after. When they began to announce retail winners, all 14 BrandED team member in attendance held hands awaiting the results.

The team was feeling a little discouraged when the winner for first place retail announced and it was not BrandED. The pressure was on, was Charter Oak going to take home the overall competition win once again or go home empty handed with our heads held high?

Soon after, the short wait–though it seemed an eternity–was over. The second they opened the envelope and said Charter Oak High School, CO’s BETA students jumped out of their seats in excitement for another win.

CO’s team received the check and trophy in front of the entire competition, including all schools, judges from every category, and Project Echo creator, Chip Goodman.

Mrs. Strycula said, “Our senior BETA students represented Charter Oak with poise and confidence and blew away the competition with their cohsbranded.com business concept. I am fortunate to work with such amazing students. tTeir tireless efforts and dedication to see the project succeed was inspiring.”

The overwhelming excitement for BrandED was exhilarating. After our second presentation, various judges came up to our team and said BrandED’s presentation was nothing short of an MBA presentation and hoped for students like Charter Oak’s to mentor other schools.

Second-time competitor Renae De Pena said, “Project Echo was a great experience and I am glad I got to present again this year, and I learned a lot like last year. I hope BrandED will continue to be apart of the Charter Oak Community.”

In addition, Heather Luster said, “Project Echo was an amazing experience. My business mentality grew,  and I am glad I got to experience it.”

All in all, BrandED took home another win for Charter Oak’s BETA class. If you want to check out the business that won Project Echo, you can shop at www.cohsbranded.com.

 

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  1. Renae Dela Pena on April 10th, 2018 1:04 pm

    Great job on the article, Debbie! BrandED for the WIN!!! 😀

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