Beaut business ideas win Elanora top gong
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Roxanne Lorenz and Nathan Richards were among 144 Elanora State High School students at the controls of inventing innovative pseudo products last year through a Business Week program that has just snared a national award.
Judges of the Australian Business Week Enterprise Education panel were so impressed with the school's spin on the program, it walked away with the Best School Program award at a Sydney ceremony against hundreds of entries.
Teacher Brian Woodham said the week-long program enabled students to don their thinking caps by inventing products and then advertising them by filming a 30-second TV commercial.
Students used an online simulation program to pit their Stock Exchange-listed companies behind the inventions against others, while quickly garnering time management skills by making crucial decisions under tight deadlines.
Roxanne said she had always labelled the business world "boring" until she gained a valuable insight into its fast pace and heavy responsibilities.
The school is no stranger to excelling at the business program, taking out the ABS Enterprise Education Best School Program award for three of the past five years.