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Mallard Creek High School earns business competition prize
Students win America's Teen Mogul award
Published Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:25 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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Students from Mallard Creek High School won a business development competition.

Team sports surge Consulting earned $2,500 and wireless headsets as part of the Nick Cannon Foundation's America's Teen Mogul competition and Career Readiness Training Program. Sports Surge's winning entry was a business plan to boost Charlotte Hornets game attendance as well as other professional sports franchises. CTE teachers Jovonnia McCray and Barrett Davis also earned the NCREDIBLE Teaching Partners Award.

“I am truly inspired by the collective community support for this event and excited about this wonderful opportunity to teach and expose Charlotte youth to the myriad of career and entrepreneurship opportunities available in the global economy,” Cannon said. "As a product of the Charlotte community and public-school system, I feel a sense of responsibility to give back and to motivate others to get involved.”

The programs are a partnership between Cannon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Career and Technical Education Program, Wells Fargo and Microsoft to expose students 12 to 19 to career and entrepreneurship opportunities in high demand careers, including coding, sports and entertainment, IT/communications, and science, technology, engineering and math.

The event took place on Feb. 23 at the Charlotte Convention Center in partnership with the second annual CMS CTE Fair.

Teams from seven CMS high schools started out in the competition and participated in business plan training workshops held by the foundation.  

“Our partnership with Nick Cannon and the team he has assembled will create great opportunities for our students, their families and our community,” CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. “Celebrating entrepreneurship and providing a sense of possibility is a life changing opportunity for our students.”

The ATM program augmented the CTE Fair by connecting business partners with students and teachers to develop a strong foundation for the economic future for Charlotte. Student teams presented business concepts, products they produced, and business problems they solved in collaboration with members of the local business community. More than 4,000 students, industry professionals, mentors, volunteers, guest speakers and advisors attended.


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