SPHS Virtual Enterprise Teams Headed to Nationals in NYC

Varsity and junior varsity Virtual Business teams advance to Nationals after placing top 5 at state competition

PHOTO: SPHS | SouthPasadenan.com | The SPHS Virtual Enterprise Teams impressed the judges at the recent state competition. Varsity team, Bloc, are Riley Collins, Lucy Tian, Will Hoadley-Brill, Kate Ba, Tiffany Chen, and Cate Latting

On January 17-18, the SPHS Virtual Enterprise Teams traveled to Bakersfield for the state Virtual Enterprise Trade Show and Business Plan competitions. This year, all three companies’ business teams made it to the top 16 from 84 initial competitors. The varsity team, BLOC, and one of the junior varsity teams, Journey, advanced to the top five and will compete at the national competition in New York City. Judges awarded Bloc 2nd place and Journey 5th place.

PHOTO: SPHS | SouthPasadenan.com | The junior varsity team, Journey, are Hunter Lee, Amanda Estevez, Kayla Zhang, Melia Amezquita, and Brandon Lee.

The varsity team’s business, BLOC, is a company that sells modular building blocks that you can use to make anything you want, with a main focus being furniture. Of the state competition, senior Cate Latting said, “it was nerve-wracking but, as always, extremely enjoyable. I can’t remember a single minute before competition when I didn’t have butterflies in my stomach, but as soon as we walked into the room, I felt comfortable.” She goes on to explain, “I have become familiar with the unique ways that everyone on the team speaks and motions with their hands. During the presentation, listening and seeing them deliver their lines, just like we had done dozens of times before, helped me stay focused in the high pressure situation.”

Senior Riley Collins was impressed by how well their team worked together and tells us, “all the hours we put into our speeches, presentation and understanding of the company was well received by the judges. We want to be able to tackle the critical question and answer session in New York in order to showcase the strong effort we have put into getting our company to Nationals.”

Both teams are thrilled to be competing in New York City. Continues Latting, “I am honored to be part of such a talented team and I can’t wait to show the whole country what we have been working on since the fall.”

Congratulations to all the students and their teacher, Cathy Mason. South Pasadena will be rooting for you at Nationals! Go Tigers!

Other notable results include:

Human Resources Competition – 1st Place – BLOC

Company Newsletter – 2nd Place – BLOC

E-Commerce Website – 1st Place – PODZ  2nd Place – BLOC

Elevator Pitch –  1st Place – BLOC

 

 

 

 

 

Alisa Hayashida has been covering arts, culture, & events in the greater Pasadena Metro areas and Los Angeles Metro areas for the past six years. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theater arts. Since graduating from UC Irvine, her work has taken her from Los Angeles to India, London, Paris and throughout Europe. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son and has been a devout South Pasadenan for the past 25 years.

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