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YEA! Program Holds Investor Panel

YEA! students await their turn to present their business plan to investors.
Warren County High School Young Entrepreneurs Academy students gathered in the WCHS media center Tuesday morning to pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors.  Joining the students and investors was a large audience of parents, community members and students for the special occasion.

Investor, Dan Crumpton, questions a
student entrepreneur.
 The day marked the culmination of months of hard work preparing monthly and yearly cost analysis, sales projections, marketing plans, competition analysis, and plans for the future.  Students had six minutes to pitch their ideas to investors in the hopes of receiving the needed funds to get their business off the ground.  Investors then had the opportunity to ask questions of each entrepreneur.

The investor panel included business people from the Warren County community and included Dan Crumpton, Tommy Phelps, and Allen Shapiro.  Each investor volunteered to invest their own money into the student businesses.  Carl Haywood of the Warrenton Clipper served as the emcee for the event and Michael Huebener provided technical support.

Student businesses included Flight T.V., an internet broadcasting company that is focused on high school sports.  Flight T.V. is owned and operated by Ed'Ricus Williams and Tianca Evans.  Tyjah's TLC is owned by Tyjah Hill and is a business that provides child care at special events.  Higher Emphasis is a decorating service owned by Aquala PritchardCortez Wentz and Tobias Wentz also presented the business plan for their company, Exposure.  Exposure produces highlight films for high school athletes.  Matthews Peters presented his business plan for Image-N-Nation, a business that sells orginal artwork.  The final presentors of the day were Quantesha Boykin and Deborah Spence pitching their plan for Dupree's Cleaning Services.

The investors were also given the task of choosing one business to represent Warren County at a national gathering of student entrepreneurs.  Tyjah Hill was chosen to receive an all expense paid trip to the University of Rochester and will present her business plan at the yearly Saunders Scholars Bright Ideas Business Plan Competition.  At the competition, students will compete for scholarship money as well as the opportunity to present their business at Imagine RIT:  Festival of Innovation.

WCHS teacher, Scott Swann
The program closed with both Mrs. O.B. McCorkle and Mr. Scott Swann thanking everyone involved for their participation.  Mr. Swann especially thanked the Chamber of Commerce and community.  Swann stated, "Last year during an advisory board meeting, I expressed a desire to get the community more involved in the Entrepreneurship class.  Little did I know how much Mrs. McCorkle would get involved."  The YEA! program is a partnership between chambers of commerce and schools across the country.  "There is no way this program could have experienced this level of success without the involvement of the community," added Swann.

Students will now begin work implementing their business plans.  Each student went to work during class the next day to develop lists of potential suppliers and customers.  They also began work on plans to contact potential customers.

Warren County High Announces New Website


WCHS has been working to upgrade its website.  The new site is now up and running.  The site can be accessed by going to the system site at http://www.warren.k12.ga.us/ and clicking on the link for Warren County High School on the left hand side of the page.  The site can also be accessed directily clicking here.

We hope that this new site will better serve to keep you updated with all that is going on at Warren County High School.

Black History Program Caps Black History Month

Warren County Middle & High School closed out their their celebration of Black History Month with an assembly February 29th.  The event, held in the George Holliman Auditiorium, included performances by the Warren County Voices, the WCHS band, as well as literary readings by Warren County students.

The highlight of the program was an address by Deanna Brown-Thomas.  Mrs. Brown-Thomas is the daughter of the Godfather of soul, James Brown.  She related to those in attendance the life story and struggles of her father.  She also shared that although Mr. Brown did not continue his own formal education past the 7th grade, he always valued education and worked to ensure that young people placed learning above all else.

Mrs. Brown-Thomas is also actively working to keep her father's legacy alive through the James Brown Music Academy.  Students from the academy travelled to Warrenton with her and performed several James Brown selections for the students in attendance.  The performers brought the students to their feet and left the audience shouting for more.

WCHS Participates in ASU Math Competition

Ten Warren County High School students travelled to Augusta March 2 to compete in the Augusta State University math competition.  The competition consisted of two rounds.  The students competed individually in round one and combined to form teams for round two.

Srinivas Akella, Warren County math teacher and team leader, described the competition as, "a great experience."  Akella added, "We definetly plan to participate again next year and this year's experience will only make us more prepared."  Mr. Akella stressed the need for Warren County students to gain more exposure to such competitions with students from various school systems.

Participating students include:  (Standing, left to right) Jonathan Hall, Chance Lee, Cortez Wentz, Anfernee Ferrell, Jeffery Gillyard, and Durrell Burley, (sitting, left to right) Daniel Spence, Jessica Wynn, Krystle Wilburn, Briceton McNair, Srinivas Akella (coach and math teacher)

Student Businesses Establish Web Presence

Home Page of Image N Nation, owned by Matthew Peters.
The budding entrepreneurs of Entrepreneurship class and Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) are taking steps to not only establish their businesses in the local community, but in the virtual world as well.  Several of the businesses have already established a presence in the community and some have even begun to make actual sales.  The addition of an Internet presence helps to further cement the student businesses as true members of the Warren County entrepreneurial community.

Through the help of Michael Huebener and Cindy Rivers, the student run businesses have founded a web presence hosted by weebly.com.  Weebly is an easy to use hosting service that allows new businesses an easy and affordable entry into the online business community.

We encourage you to visit the WCHS student businesses by clicking on the following links:

http://www.imagennation.weebly.com/

http://www.exposureisfirststep.weebly.com/

http://www.higheremphasis.weebly.com/

www.dupreescleaningservices.weebly.com/

www.tyjahstlceventdaycare.weebly.com/

www.flighttv.weebly.com/

Home Page of highlight production company run by Tobias Latimore & Cortez Wentz.

YEA! Students Learn Importance of Appearance

Members of the Warren County High School Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) travelled to Augusta Tuesday morning to meet with Sherry Tollerson, owner of ANew Salon.  Mrs. Tollerson graciously closed her business for the morning to meet with the class to stress the importance of a professional appearance in the business world.

Mrs. Tollerson encouraged the students to follow their dreams and to pursue their interests.  Tollerson also shared her own experience with developing a business plan and presenting it to investors.

The visit was capped off with gift bags for each student and a free make-over to one lucky student.  Quantesha Boykin was chosen for the free make-over and enjoyed her time in the chair as Sherry demonstrated the services of the salon.

ANew Salon is located at 203 Shartrom drive off Washington Road.  They can be contacted by visiting their website at http://www.anewsalonaugusta.com/.

Warren County High Names 2012 Star Student

L to R: Dr. Kaveous Preston, WCHS principal; Mr. Bill Vaughn; Miss Krystle Wilburn
Warren County High School is pleased to announce Miss Krystle Wilburn has been named the STAR Student for 2012.  The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.  The STAR program is coordinated by the Professional association of educators.

Miss Wilburn named Mr. Bill Vaughn her STAR teacher.  Mr. Vaughn teaches chemistry at Warren County High School.  When asked what led her to choose Vaughn, Wilburn stated, "I always thought I wanted to be a pediatrician until I entered Mr. Vaughn's class.  He just had a way of sparking my interest in chemistry.  I could even now see myself teaching chemistry someday."

Krystle will attend the University of West Georgia in the fall and plans to major in chemistry.

Mentors Meet with Young Entrepreneurs Academy


Dennis Coxwell gets down to business with Cortez Wentz and
Tobias Latimore.
 Local business leaders met for the first time as mentors to the students of Warren County High School's Young Entrepreneurs Academy class.  Members of the class are working this semester on developing a business plan with the hopes of bringing their business to life by the end of the class.  Business leaders who have partnered with Warren County High brought their years of experience to share and to review the student plans for the first time.

After a few nervous introductory moments, mentors and students spent the next hour discussing the student's business plans. The insight provided by Craig Hunter proved invaluable according to Ed'Ricus Williams.  "Mr. Hunter helped us with our S.W.O.T. analysis and helped us to better understand some of our strengths and weaknesses."

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program seeks to expose students to the process of starting their own business.  Another aspect of the program that attracted teacher Scott Swann and Chamber president O.B. McCorkle is the community involvement that it fosters. Swann states, "I taught a similiar entrepreneurship class last year, but felt the participation of the local business leaders was the thing that I really wanted to improve on this year.  When the Chamber presented us with the opportunity for the YEA program, I jumped at the idea."

The mentors will be working with the students frequently over the next month to develop and refine their business plan.

Craig Hunter works with Tianca Evans and Ed'Ricus Williams.

C-Span Announces StudentCam 2012

C-Span is sponsoring a competition geared towards increasing both student awareness of government as well as student involvement in video production.  The program allows students to compete for scholarships ranging from $250 to $5000 while also earning money for their respective schools at the same time.  Awards will be presented to 75 different students.

This year's theme is, “The Constitution and You: Select any provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you.”  Your documentary may focus on any section of the Preamble, Articles, or Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

The program is open to all students in grades 6-12.  Students are also allowed to participate in teams of up to 3 individuals.  Student documentaries must be between 5-8 minutes long and contain credits or a works cited list.

This is an excellent opportunity for Warren County students.  WCHS now has the camera and technology available to help any student interested to produce an award winning video.  Any student who is interested in the program is encouraged to see Mr. Swann.  The deadline for entry is January 20, 2012.  More information can be found at http://www.studentcam.org/.