Rose City High School student claims academic victory for PUSD
Rose City High School student Hunter Smith won first place in the 2017 Rotary Business Plan Competition hosted by Rotary International District 5300 on May 4, 2017. He was among students from Pasadena, Arcadia, and San Marino who presented their business plans before a panel of judges after competing at their local Rotary clubs. Hunter is part of the Career Exploration Options Academy, which serves students at two alternative education sites in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD).
Hunter won first place with his business plan for Ralleon Custom Built, a custom computer building and repair business. As part of his presentation that included a financial plan and market analysis, he displayed a computer that he built himself, complete with LED lights and a state-of-the-art, water-cooled system.
Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley said, “I am truly proud of each student who accepted the challenge and competed in this event and of the staff who helped prepare them. Hunter’s first place victory is a testament to his creativity and hard work, and to the dedication and expertise of school staff who worked closely with him to prepare for high-level competition. Hunter’s experience in the business plan competition is invaluable as he pursues his dream to run a successful custom computer company.”
The panel of judges rated student plans on viability and attention to detail on financial plans.
Hunter said, “I was so glad I spent the extra time preparing the market analysis for this round of the competition. I was not able to answer questions on the spot about things I didn’t know until I worked on this project.”
To learn more about this project, please contact Michael Slominski, Work-Based Learning Coordinator.