2017 Youth Business Awards
On Monday 20 November fourteen Darwin High School students received recognition at The NT Youth Business Award at Parliament House Darwin for their efforts and achievements in business and enterprise. Darwin High School was awarded the Overall Winner for 2017 for Consistently High Performing Entries.
All students who studied a Business and Enterprise unit as part of their Northern Territory Certificate of Education were eligible to enter the awards. For their submission, students had to reflect on insights into the world of business they had learned from doing this course. The students were also required to submit business reports or operational plans and analysed markets, demonstrating their ability to assess opportunities for potential and growth, considered business structures and created financial models and records. Some students ran their own businesses for a number of weeks. While food businesses were still popular and very successful, some students ventured out into less well established markets.
The Awards Ceremony was also attended by Minister for Education- Honourable Eva Lawler (MLA), Vicky Baylis, Chief Executive, Department of Education, Marion Guppy- Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Education and representatives from Departments of Education and Trade, Business and Innovation, Industry and Commerce, Office of Youth affairs and Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
by teacher Jayant Prackash
Congratulations to the following students for being short listed and to those who were also winners. Isabella Di Toro, Cindy Um, Alisa Mai, Tilaila Nareki, Theresa Chrisshanti, Rafi Harshya, Jiacheng You, Felicai Pang, Isabella Reeves, Cassidee Smith, Charlotte Vwizeyimana and Dannique Danium.
You have made us proud.
Runner Up and Encouragement Awards were presented to Darwin High School students Alisa Mai, Tilaila Nareki and Aroha Aisakel whose business, Smoothilicious tempted the tastebuds of students with healthy smoothies and muffins and Theresha Chrisshanti, whose business, Crepella sold desserts at lunchtime.
Several entries this year saw students thinking ahead to future business opportunities. The judges recognised this with an Innovation Award not just for presenting a business idea in a fresh way but being market disruptors and seeing new opportunities.Winners were Cassidee Smith, Tilaila Nareki and Aroha Aisake, Darwin High School, for their idea of Speak Easy earpieces for the global traveller that hear and translate the spoken word into a range of different languages as required.
The MC for the YBA was none other than our Yr 12 Student, Cindy Um who was the winner of 2017 YBA.