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Bengals Swim with the Sharks and Surface with Marketable Ideas

It was a feeding frenzy at Brighton High School Wednesday as students delivered their best elevator pitches to a panel of venture capitalists at a mock “Shark Tank” competition.

The contest was modeled after a popular TV show where entrepreneurs compete to convince potential investors to invest in their start-ups. It was sponsored by the city of Cottonwood Heights and area businesses that donated prizes and provided volunteers to serve on the judging panels.

Students in business, marketing and IT broke into teams and were given only a few hours to come up with a marketable product or service and then craft a business plan and investor pitch, which they delivered and defended in rounds of judging.

The judges tested students with pointed questions and offered advice on how to refine their ideas or avoid common pitfalls. They were so impressed by the finalists – sponsors.jpgincluding a DoubleWave microwave that heats and cools food, and LifeLite, an amber hued lamp to combat the insomnia-causing blue light of handheld computers – that they encouraged them to pursue commercialization. “I love products that are simple and that are ‘set it and forget it.’ I think a Kickstarter campaign would do well and that people would probably contribute,” said business attorney attorney Stephen Walker commenting on LifeLite.

This was Brighton’s pilot year with the business competition which CTE coordinator Denise Hodges hopes to repeat. “It’s such a great way for students to test their skills, to benefit from the expertise of our local business leaders, and to learn from one another,” she said. 

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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