Our Mountie entrepreneurs took their business on the road to compete in the Virtual Enterprises Los Angeles Area Conference and Exhibition this week. Our students, representing their business Essence, brought home top honors.

Virtual Enterprises International is an in-school business simulation program which focuses on college and career readiness by providing students with an understanding of business and work place challenges. Through the Virtual Enterprises program students create a virtual product business and oversee everything from human resources to marketing. 

Mount St. Mary Academy’s team, Essence Scents, competed against 80 other student-businesses from schools in California and other states. Essence received gold awards (placing third overall) for salesmanship and their elevator pitch. The team earned silver awards for branding, newsletter and a commercial the students created. Student work on a detailed marketing plan, employee handbook and impact marketing also earned top honors.

The trip was not all business for the students, and their chaperones Mr. Tim O’Shei and Principal Mrs. Riggie. The group met with Michael Healy, former Disney Channel executive, explored the Los Angeles area, and even enjoyed surfing lessons.

Congratulations to members of Essence on representing Mount St. Mary so well: Seniors Catherine Lippert, Julie Quebral, Hannah Schwallie, Amanda Thome and Emma Winner; Juniors Julia Barth, Hannah Fischer, Leah Giles, Annie Mack, Kristen Rider and Erin Watson; and Sophomores Ava Rosenecker and Chloe St. Laurent.

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