Lake Area Students Announced As Finalists In Regional Junior Achievement Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge

NEW ORLEANS – Lake Area New Tech Early College High School seniors Destine Breaux, Ricky Jones and Que'Shawn Goffner were recently announced as team finalists in the Junior Achievement Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge.

         Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, in partnership with the Brees Dream Foundation and Idea Village, holds the competition for students in grades 8 through 12, aiming to inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs. The team of Goffner, Jones and Breaux were one of 20 teams chosen out of 128 applicants to submit a business plan and to advance to the next round.

         "Our students worked tirelessly on their business plan," said Darren Lewis, principal of Lake Area New Tech Early College High School. "I have no doubt they will likely advance in this competition."

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         In the next seven weeks, the Lake Area team will be mentored by local business professionals in an intensive workshop series in order to prepare for a final presentation in March 2016.

         "So often our kids have bright ideas that go unnoticed," said Sametta Brown, CEO of New Beginnings Schools Foundation. "This challenge is a great opportunity for our students to have their talents showcased and recognized."

         Challenge winners will receive a $10,000 continuing education fund that will assist with tuition, meals, books, room and board. The winning team's school will receive $5,000 to be used for student activities as a reward for nurturing their students' entrepreneurial spirit.

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         New Beginnings Schools Foundation is a charter network founded by James Meza, Jr. in 2004. Since then, schools have grown to include Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, Medard H. Nelson Charter School, Gentilly Terrace Charter School, and Lake Area New Tech Early College High School. New Beginnings' mission is to provide a safe, inclusive environment that promotes partnerships with parents, students and the community to produce life-long learners and critical thinkers, providing meaning lessons that will make students successful in college and careers.

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