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Whitney Young winners with the judges

Knowledge is the antidote to fear. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


E CITY and Whitney Young
Whitney Young is a Cleveland Municipal School District middle and high school located at 17900 Harvard Avenue.
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2005-2006 School Year
E CITY Whitney Young graduation
E CITY completed its second program at Whitney Young!

We thank new principal, Alisa McKinnie, for welcoming entrepreneurship education to the building again.

This year, Alisa Smedley taught the program with assistance from an “apprentice,” Rita Dent.  Alisa is a four-time E CITY teacher…and NFTE CET of the Year!)

At the business plan competition and graduation on January 26, the following students received prizes for their business plans:

1st place, $150 – Brittainy Tripp for  “The Perfect Choice”
2nd place, $100–
Jamiee Bowers for “Bead-Tastic”
3rd place, $50 –  Joy Gambrell & Miranda Lanier for “What Your Heart Desires”

Whitney young Class with Judges

We are very grateful for the hospitality shown by Rockwell Automation, which hosted the competition and graduation, and to Larry Sylver, who stayed late with us and tended to all of the details, from AV equipment to food.

Special thanks go to the following supporters, who made the program possible:

   The Cliff Gates Memorial Fund

   The Deaconess Community Foundation

Student working with her business coach
2004-2005 School Year

Students working on their business plan

  The Whitney Young program was a new partnership for  E CITY. Beth Hager, the principal of Whitney Young, was instrumental in bringing the program into her school and is excited about this opportunity for her students. The class met three days a week from September 27 until January 14 under the leadership of Cliff Gates, a Whitney Young teacher and an entrepreneur who has over twenty
years of business experience.  Cliff attended the NFTE training this past summer at Georgetown University and wasexcited to share his knowledge and expertise with the bright and eager students at Whitney Young School.  Alisa Smedley, also a newly trained CET, assisted Cliff with the program. When Cliff fell ill, Alisa stepped up to teach the program. Sadly, Cliff died over the Christmas break. The students returned to school after the Christmas break wanting to continue the E CITY program. At their graduation the students, family members, and teachers donated money in Cliff's memory to E CITY. 

Business coach and student

Students at the competition

We thank the following volunteer “coaches” who helped the students polish their business ideas in preparation for their presentations:

Bill Bradfield  
John helping a student with his business plan
Wyatt Brownlee
Mike Ciani
Andrea Constantine
Jameelah Gaines
Rebecca Haldi
Martha Jones
Jeanette Langford
Yvette Makovits
Tanya Malone
Erica Marucci
Megan Meleg
Shawn Rech
Laura Smith
Lou Trivisonno

L. T. Young

Gary Wnek
And, we thank the following volunteers who were “Judges” at the business plan competition:

Students with the judges

  Steve Davis
  Jim Hummer
  Catrina Latten
  Dannette Render
  Judy Williams
1st place, $150 – Michelle Beckford and Ashely Wheeler for "Froetry"
2nd place, $100– Blaine Mickens & Derric Studamire for "Sweet Tooth"
3rd place, $50 –  Shannon Gosha  for  "Plantarium Presents"

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