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FHS' Ebox team earns success at virtual ‘biz’ competition

Franklinton High School’s student-led, virtual company “Ebox” was among the teams that recently learned through competition during the Virtual Enterprises International (VE) Southern Regional Conference & Exhibition, November 17-18 in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Virtual Enterprises International (VE) is an educational nonprofit that works with schools to provide hands-on, task-based curricula. The program is designed to allow students to experience potential careers and develop some of the in-demand skills and competencies sought by post-secondary institutions and employers. By managing the day-to-day operations of a company, students not only develop business skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, they also identify career pathways that align with their interests, talents, and aspirations.

For the conference, students were hired to various positions, such as CEO, CFO and Human Resource Specialist. They were provided with virtual lives: bi-weekly paychecks, monthly bills and life responsibilities. The simulation offered each student an opportunity to grow and learn about real-world scenarios and problem-solving applications. More than 1,600 students from several states set-up their company’s display booths, networked and conducted business.

The two-day event also provided students with the opportunity to compete in marketing, human resources and sales competitions. During the competition phases, students presented information about their business models and participated in question and answer sessions. Ebox students Carissa Emo, Chief Operating Officer, and Amanda Bell, Vice President of Human Resources, earned 2nd Place in the Human Resources competition.

Next up for Franklinton High School’s Ebox VE team is the NC Business Plan Competition scheduled for December 13th.


A group of 14 high school students pose in front of a business booth

Franklinton High Schools Ebox team members


Two female high school students pose while displaying an award

Carissa Emo (left) and Amanda Bell (right) of FHS' Ebox