R-5 High School Entrepreneurs

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - "Keep it relevant, keep it real, keep it life skills," said Rob Pizem, Teacher at R-5 High School.

This is the motto that faculty members continue to implement R-5 High School.

"We're working at getting you your vocational preparation. There's nothing more real than saying you want to start a business and then giving you an opportunity to start that business," said Pizem.

Students who were enrolled in the Projects course at R-5 were able to do just that. 

"We had a total of 18 groups. The teachers chose 6 out of the 18 that were most prepared and professional," said Dominick Higgins, Senior at R-5 High School.

Groups came up with several ideas ranging from a mechanic shop, custom guitars, and even a Burritos R Us.

The best plans were able to receive e a good chunk of change, ranging from $500, $250, and $100.

"Hopefully this money will help whoever wins to start up their business," said Higgins.

"At first it was for the credits, because i need them. Then I found out I had the opportunity to start a  business at 17 years old," said Lane Hamlin, Senior at R-5 High School.

Administrators hope to continue giving them these opportunities through their project based learning.

"Throughout the 20 day session, our social studies teacher went over the business law, math went over financials, science went over the research, and they also learned public speaking skills with our English teachers," said Pizem.

They said the first step to getting involved is simply stepping out of your comfort zone.

"You don't know what you don't like until you try it. When we have these opportunities, the name may not entice you but the class may," said Pizem.

The lucky winners from the event:

1st Place Winner Autumn Green with Custom Tie Dye.

2nd Place Winner Dominic Higgins with Burritos R Us.

3rd Place Winner Jax Blankenship with Custom Guitars.

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