SPHS Virtual Enterprise Teams Qualify For Nationals

Both the varsity and junior varsity business plan teams from the Virtual Enterprise program at South Pasadena High School recently qualified for the national competition in April, by being named to the top eight teams in California.
The varsity team, “Pebbly,” (a new-age spin on Gary Dahl’s classic pet rock) earned first place in the top eight and the junior varsity team, “MyMeals,” (customized gourmet meals delivered to your doorstep) earned seventh place, according to the South Pasadena Unified School District.
Twenty-eight teams from across the country make it to the national business plan competition. SPHS is the reigning national champion from 2019. (The 2020 competition was canceled due to the pandemic.)
Members of the Pebbly Business Plan team include Mahal Montes, Matteo Lee, Mollie Parker, Olivia Yanover, Michelle Jee and Jason Kim, while members of the MyMeals Business Plan team include Quentin Holmes, Aidan Bar-Cohen, Leo Barrerra, Diana Perea, Jason Liu and Kiyan Gerami. Their teacher is Cathy Mason.
The decorated SPHS Virtual Enterprise program has transitioned to a fully virtual curriculum and competition platform to account for the restrictions of the pandemic. The students are now competing in virtual trade fairs and working within a framework that allows the students to compete with teams from all over the nation, SPUSD said.
The Virtual Enterprise program’s website is veinternational.org.