Local junior high students take top honors in the fourth annual Valley Industrial Association competition.
The Valley Industrial Association announced the Sierra Vista Junior High school team as the winners of the VIA Students to Achieve Results competition.
The VIA STAR is a product development contest designed to partner local students with Santa Clarita Valley businesses.
The Sierra Vista team partnered with the City of Santa Clarita Tourism Bureau and developed a plan to enhance city-sponsored event revenue.
Teams consisted of between three and five students, with each team paired with a teacher, coach and a participating business partner. Students from elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout the Santa Clarita Valley were eligible to participate.
Over a two month period the teams were asked to research, brainstorm, and design a new product or service for their host business. They then drafted a business plan to build and market the product, and presented their completed project to the host company as well as a panel of judges.