Clarke’s Simplastic Takes First Place at JANY Business Plan Competition

Clarke’s Simplastic Takes First Place at JANY Business Plan Competition Photo

The district congratulates team Simplastic from W.T. Clarke High School on winning $10,000 in the final round of the Junior Achievement of New York’s 10th Annual High School Business Plan Competition on June 1.

According to its website, JANY is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.

Simplastic, designed by seniors James Curran, Stephan Gavrielidis, Naman Shakrani and Joseph Zirkel, is an interlocking roadway system that will replace deteriorating roads with more durable high-density polyethylene material.

To reach the final round of competition, five Clarke business teams submitted their business plans, including a PowerPoint presentation and 90-second video pitch, to JANY representatives, who then selected Simplastic to compete against the top 12 schools at the regional finals at Baruch College in New York City on May 26. Advancing to the finals, Simplastic presented among the top six schools at the Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts office in Manhattan, where each member of the team received a cash prize of $2,500 and a trophy.

W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels commended the team for their innovative business concept, explaining that in the past nine years, this is the school’s sixth victory.

“Congratulations to these four young men who created an innovative idea that I believe will one day come to fruition and change the pavement of our roads,” said Voels. “I would also like to extend my congratulations to business teacher Joseph Pavia for his unconditional support and guidance to these students throughout the competition.”