in front of their New York condo.
Great Park Wildlife Center gets called for second place. They look at each other and release the tight grasp they have on one another’s hands and storm the stage. They are smiling from ear to ear, elated by the fact that they are now second in the nation.
“Although we placed second knowing that our hours and hours of endless work we’re finally represented to executives and people a like was worth the endeavor,” Cesar Chavez, CEO of The Great Park Wildlife Center, said when asked about how they placed.
Everett Brown, who is on Abeille’s business plan team, said “I think we did really well. Fifth in the nation is really powerful. We made a couple mistakes here and there, but we got our idea out and that’s what’s important.”
The two teams competed earlier in the year at Bakersfield, CA, where they placed first and second in the state. That then propelled them onto nationals where they competed with the top 5 business plan teams of other states that have the Virtual Enterprise program.
the Washington Monument.
Harry Do, team member for The Great Park Wildlife Center, said “Business plan was a rollercoaster. It was fun, stressful, educational and unforgettable. What experiences and skills I got from it, I will never forget.”
Virtual Enterprise teacher, Michael Sciacca, said “Watching the students choose to be amazing is the best part of this job.”
Virtual Enterprise has been at Mesa for 15 years now, but the first time that they had advanced to nationals was two years ago and they never made it to the last round. Last year's company changed that by winning first place in nationals.
Cesar Chavez talked about his time in New York and said, “It has probably been the most enjoyable part of VE so far. Knowing that all the hard work has paid off and I can finally relax.”
There was also a competition for all the other students who were not competing on business plan, called Global Business Challenge.
Global Business Challenge takes students from around the world and places them into groups where they must analyze a case study. They then present it to a group of judges.
Sarah Yuen, who competed in Global Business Challenge, said “It was really interesting meeting all the people from different nationalities.” Jokingly, she admitted “They talked funny.”
Trace Curet, who also competed, said “Global Business Challenge let me meet a lot of new people from all over the world, and let me meet a lot of cool people.”
When asked about how he enjoyed New York, Everett Brown replied, “It was a blast; I had a lot of fun. We got to expand our horizons and learn so much.”
Harry Do said “I really enjoyed the culture and vibe of both New York and Washington DC, going from the suburbs to real cities was interesting.”
And in May, both Virtual Enterprise classes will be showcasing their work. There, they will show all those who did not see them compete in New York their presentation. Other departments in each company, as well as the juniors in entrepreneurship, will be showcasing their work from the past year.