Students team up with companies to find solutions to real problems — Neuse News
How exactly? An internship program, regular parties with high school bands at the ballpark, a scavenger hunt, and a huge social media presence, especially on TikTok and Instagram with the hashtag #DEWD Got Moves – Dewd being the mascot on the ground of the Wood Ducks.
The students at Kinston High divided the Wood Ducks exercise into two segments. “Group 1 worked on in-person things, things to do in the stadium, and we worked on the social media aspect,” said Horace Smith, who teamed up with Sienna Stallings and Moriah Flowers in the second group.
Both groups spent time with Wood Ducks staff at Grainger Stadium — a visit that “gave us some good insight into the issue,” Horace said — and both teams came away from pitch sessions on Thursday feeling that Clemmons, Wood Ducks creative services coordinator Will Treadaway and marketing manager Maddy Meehan took them seriously.
“I really feel like they’re going to use our ideas,” Sienna said.
“It was applicable, real problem solving,” Clemmons said. “Obviously they had a good time, but for us it’s something we can apply and see the results.”
The Group 1 team students who focused on the Wood Duck issue were Adrianna Wood, Jasmine Reynolds, Morgan Gaskill and Zana Newton. Seven other KHS students tackled an issue highlighted by Chick-fil-A: how to better recruit and retain high school students for employment; these Teamship students were Nyjae Gilliam, Shyae Hood, Jada Sutton, Kamari Outlaw, Jocelyn Morales, Keasia Sheppard, and S’Koryria King.
A first for LCPS, Teamship was offered as part of a multi-faceted summer learning program, one segment of which focused on career exploration. Teamship students from Kinston, North Lenoir and South Lenoir High Schools and Lenoir County Early College High School spent the last two weeks of July researching and creating solutions to their business problems. Previously, their teacher leaders had spent about five weeks training in District C “to teach the kids problem-solving skills, teamwork skills, business relationship skills,” said Nichole Hathaway, administrator of this summer’s Career Accelerator session, of which Teamship was a part.
“I think it’s pretty awesome that these students had the opportunity to work with a business partner in Lenoir County and have the chance to solve real problems,” Hathaway said. “It’s one of the coolest things they’ll do all summer.”