MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — The partnership between art and occupational therapy is a winning combination for a Wirt County High School senior. The unique business idea helped Liz Adams win a $10,000 college scholarship in the second annual West Virginia Statewide High School Business Plan Competition held in March. Adams was chosen as the top entrant in the state from a field of competitors that included 36 schools.
The purpose of the competition is to expose high school students to entrepreneurial opportunities so they understand what is required to make a business successful. It was created through a $3 million gift from the BrickStreet Foundation and a grant from Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to theWest Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics. Additional support is provided by the state’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).
Adams’ winning business plan named LOCAL is a two-fold innovative business endeavor that serves both high school students and occupational therapy patients. It includes providing high school students with the opportunity to create high quality artwork to be used as a tool in occupational therapy. The business plan also provides students with the opportunity to sell their unique handmade products to venues in their own communities.
“I want to combine the students’ artwork with occupational therapy in an effort to help further therapy and better help patients throughout West Virginia and around the world,”
Adams said. “After high school, I plan on pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in art.”
Adams can use the $10,000 scholarship for any of the participating colleges and universities in West Virginia including Bethany College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, WVU and WVU at Parkersburg.
Aside from LOCAL, finalist teams included Team Royal from Martinsburg High School in Berkeley County; Tek Shoes from John Marshall High School in Marshall County; Simple Shindig from Keyser High School in Mineral County; G.R.O. from Greenbrier East High School in Greenbrier County; and Healing Hands from Sissonville High School in Kanawha County.