A handful of seniors in the EThOS program have a big presentation coming up this Tuesday.
Around 6:00 AM on December 11, 16 seniors will be traveling to Rio Hondo College in Whittier, located in the Los Angeles area. The students, split into four different groups, will be presenting four different products with brand names, sales pitches, design concepts, and more.
Thursday, December 6 was the date to practice the group presentations to make sure the business pitch goes smoothly. The four groups will be competing with many different schools at Rio Hondo attempting to get their ideas recognized.
The students participating in the business presentation have been working hard to get their projects finished by the due date. The idea is to create a product and build a business idea around it that works.
“The difficult part has been having the time to make the presentation and getting ready to present.” said Senior Jessica Ricketts, who is working on one of the projects, focusing around a product called ‘Piluna’, a pillow insert infused with essential oils.
Two more products that are to be presented along with ‘Piluna’ are ‘Fabricated’ and ‘Fizzle Flask’. ‘Fabricated’ is a smartphone app focusing around clothing, and ‘Fizzle Flask’ is a new twist on the old concept of drinking.
Seniors Aidan Delkeskamp and Maxim Yalch are two students working on the ‘Fizzle Flask’ proposal, and are right on schedule to present at Rio Hondo tomorrow.
“It really just came down to time management and collaborating with fellow group members.” said Yalch.
‘Fizzle Flask’ is a portable water carbonation system designed to carbonate any beverage within seconds using a CO2 cartridge inside the lid.
Ryan Thompson and Kellie Ehret are two teachers in the EThOS department at TOHS that are guiding the students to creating a successful and well made presentation.
Although the students all have their presentations ready, they didn’t go without minor setbacks.
“The two weeks that we had off set us back by a lot, because all of our work was on our computers at school. So when we returned to school, [our group was] in a rush to catch up and get ready in time.” said Ricketts.
Many hours of work go into creating a business idea such as what the 16 students have created. Some groups run into challenges along the way, and others concepts work very smoothly.
“I wouldn’t really say that there were any hard parts to finishing the project.” said Yalch.
Thinking of a product, designing it, and building a virtual company around it takes perseverance and dedication to complete, amidst all the difficulties that may come along the way. All four groups will be presenting their business presentations at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA.