Mr. Milchiker felt, “disappointed” when he discovered this year’s VE would not be going to New York. “The girls were disappointed too and we waited a long time to find out if we could go.”
With the rule change that three instead of five teams would qualify, Mesa's hope came was the idea that an alternate team would be chosen to compete in New York, picked by a lottery system.
CEO of VE, Mahina Won-Milho, and CMO, Mckenna Patton, were the first to hear they would not be traveling to New York. Mahina said she felt“crushed” because she knew they all tried their hardest.
“We all had the mentality that we are going to go to New York until told otherwise. I wanted to keep morale up. If we would’ve gone though, we wouldn’t have placed considering the business plan was due the next week after finding out if we could even go.”
Although Andy Dodier would not have travelled to New York he revealed, “I felt disappointed for them [girls traveling to New York] because I knew how hard they tried and worked, and the amount of dedication and hard-work they put into it.”
VE has two competitions left. On March 15th, Mesa’s VE will travel to San Francisco.
Mr. Milchiker believes this trip is “nice for seniors. They get to do some activities, see some sights.”
CEO Mahina also added, “Miss Sheldon will take us four girls out [referring to who would have gone to competition in New York including herself, CMO Mckenna Patton, Director of Marketing Laura Vaugeois, and CFO Anna Do] out to celebrate because we worked really hard and she’s proud of what we have accomplished.”
Andy Dodier is excited for San Francisco.
“I will have 90 seconds to talk to an investor,” Andy said. He has been
preparing.“I practice my pitch and share it to the class so when I get there, it
will come all natural.”
Mr. Milchiker says, “There’s still lots of things to work on in class.”