Business academy students earn two top national honors
Business academy students earn two top national honors
Posted on 06/28/2017
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Two student-run companies from Northwest ISD’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship earned top honors at the recent Junior Achievement National Leadership Summit, earning awards for their originality and digital presence.

The companies from the district’s business academy, housed in Eaton High School, accounted for two of the 15 nominees in Junior Achievement’s annual Company Program awards, which honors the top student-run companies in the nation. During the 2016-17 school year, students across the country started more than 700 companies as part of the program.

The business academy’s Feel the Color company, which designs clothing tags for the visually impaired, earned the FedEx Access Award, presented to the student-run company that best exhibits the principles of global activity. Nominees must be driven by innovation, connect to new markets, fuel community development, and showcase sustainable and social responsibility.

Feel the Color is operated by Jakayla Dixon (founder and CEO), Kaitlin Case (VP of finance), Ethan Lê (VP of social media), Katie Day (VP of marketing) and Kennedy House (VP of customer service and sales).

The second business academy company competing at the event, CHAAO, which makes art and jewelry out of recycled materials, earned the Junior Achievement Social Media Award for its digital engagement during the summit. The award honors the top three companies that raise awareness of the National Leadership Summit via Instagram.

CHAAO is operated by Riley Adams (VP of finance), Landry Lashombe (VP of social media), Alex Yudice (president), Renee Moran (VP of human resources) and Marshall McAdams (VP of supply chain management).

Both companies are overseen by Estie Cuellar, academy instructor.

Members of CHAAO's leadership team
CHAAO's leadership team

Members of Feel the Color's leadership team
Feel the Color's leadership team