One of my favorite parts about my Early College High School program is all of the opportunities it has provided for me.
I had the opportunity to compete in SUNY Plattsburgh‘s Free Enterprise Marathon. I competed in the Speak-Off, which was a speech/persuasion contest with the prompt: “Free Enterprise: Why Does it Work?”
The first round of the competition took place at each participating high school, where the students from the school competed against their peers. I won at this level. From the students who participated, my teachers selected four others to compete in the group part of the competition as well.
On March 9, I and my group of friends traveled to attend the all-day marathon.
I delivered my speech in front of the panel of judges, as well as the other competitors.
Following that, our group began our Innovation Challenge. We had to take a product, and rework it in a way that fit the company’s branding and target market. We analyzed all parts of the marking process, including customer segments, to packaging, target markets, and price points.
And, we had to do this in about 4 hours.
I had the most wonderful group, and we all addressed out strengths and worked to apply them to a piece of the presentation we felt we could complete the best.
We presented our project to the same panel that I delivered my speech to. We got 3-5 minutes to pitch our complete product design and innovation.
Our team ended up placing second!
There was another segment of the Marathon where college students competed against each other in the same competitions.
I competed against 5 other high schools and came in first for my speech!
They fed us all day, and were super organized in all of their scheduling. Plattsburgh has great facilities that were perfect for this Marathon.
Additionally, our success got me featured in a local newspaper called the Daily Gazette in the Student Spotlight section. They wrote a wonderful article based on a phone interview I did in late March.
It was such a fun day, filled with intelligent, passionate people. It was truly an experience that showed me that the work we are doing at my ECHS applies to the real world. It felt like we were doing a school Mastery project, but crammed into 4 hours.
We were definitely well prepared.
I couldn’t have asked for a better group to spend the day with, and I hope I have the opportunity to go back one day!