Back in September each class chose their own business and began preparing for the Bakersfield trade show.
In the beginning of November they were required to send in some materials before the trade fair for early viewing. This included their commercials, catalogs, business plans, newsletters, resumes of those being interviewed, and a website link and write-up.
Once in Bakersfield, there were many competitions; business plan, human resources, salesmanship, catalog, booth, and website to name a few. All oral competitions took place on Wednesday and the trade show and awards ceremonies were on Thursday. Over 100 schools have Virtual Enterprise classes that come and compete in the Bakersfield Trade Show.
On Wednesday night, while the Costa Mesa kids were having dinner at a nearby restaurant, the business plan members of both Abeille and The Great Park Wildlife Center were biting their nails while they waited for the call. Towards the end of dinner Sciacca stood up and began to tell the two classes how proud he was and that he, Cheri Sheldon, and Jen Hays (the chaperones) decided to pay for dinner. He also nonchalantly slipped in that both teams had made the final round. Everyone began to cheer and hug each other, knowing that the top five out of the eight finalists would be competing at nationals in New York this spring.
The final awards announced were for business plan. All members of Abeille’s and The Great Park Wildlife Center’s business plan teams held hands and prayed that both of their names would be called.
They called up the top five placing teams, in a random order, and all five went up on stage. All of the Mesa students screamed when they realized both classes had made it to nationals. Once all the teams were on stage they began to announce which places they received. First they announce fifth place, then fourth place, and then third place. Both Mesa teams cheered as they realized one of them were the state champions. The announcer, Nancy Phillips, addressed the auditorium of high school students and told them all that the top two teams were form the same school! She then announced second place, Abeille, and everyone knew who was first. Both teams cheered and hugged each other and received their trophies. CEO, Cesar Chavez, and CFO, Brooke Morrow, of The Great Park Wildlife Center cried and hugged each other as they realized their class had just won the state championship.
Once the ceremony was over, the two teams leaped off stage to hug their teachers and classmates. Many of the winners continued to cry even as they took down their booth and walked to the bus.
Both The Great Park Wildlife Center and Abeille will be competing in the national competition in New York this spring. We are so proud and wish them much luck.
Final Business Plan Awards
Honorable mention for Newsletter
Honorable mention for HR
3rd in Marketing
2nd in Sales
3rd in Salesmanship
7th in Creative Booth
2nd in Business Plan
The Great Park Wildlife Center:
7th in Impact Marketing
9th in Commercial
5th in Website
2nd in Marketing
2nd in HR
8th in Sales
1st in Business Plan