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Breaking News: Junior Board Holds Kickoff Meeting

Junior Board held an informational meeting on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming Junior Board term. Leaders discussed what the club is, and what the end result of the year will be. They also presented last year’s winning project.

In Junior Board, teams create argumentative presentations about a non-for-profit organization of their choice throughout the year. In May they present their projects in front of a judging panel who decides the winning teams. The winning teams receive cash prizes from outside sponsors ranging from $500 to $3,000.

Approximately 50 students attended Tuesday’s meeting, beating the crowd last year by about 20 kids. Junior Board co-president, senior Iman Jaroudi, predicts there will be 10-13 teams this year compared to 9 last year. Leaders are encouraging all interested students to form teams of 4 to 6 people by the next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

At the next meeting, leaders will describe the official deadlines for the year and help teams begin their projects.   

“Our slogan for Junior Board is ‘ Shark Tank for Charity’, because you are trying to pitch your project and sell it and to the judges [and show them] that [your organization] deserves this funding, [your organization] deserves the money, and [your team] deserves to win.” Jaroudi said.

Last year, teams began their projects in January and presented in May, however the final deadline week conflicted with end-of-year testing. To avoid the testing dilemma the time table is being adjusted this year. Teams will begin their projects in late November and be finished in February to present their projects the week before spring break.

Deadline meetings will be held at least once a month for leaders to check in on projects and make sure all teams are on schedule.

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Lucia Barraza

Lucia Barraza is a sophomore at Shawnee Mission East and is a staff writer. Outside of the journalism room Lucia can be found playing soccer, dancing, or hanging out with her friends. She’s very short and spunky and loves to write. She is very excited to be on staff again this year and be apart of a great publication. Read Full »

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