Emily Schettler. Des Moines
While other Business Horizons students were building products out of old bicycles, tiki torches and duct tape, the members of Industry M were busy at work interviewing students, conducting surveys and taking photos for the Horizon Sun Times website and newspaper.
All six members of Industry M persevered through tight deadlines for print and web, learning how to effectively conduct interviews, share stories on social media and tell stories via print and video.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I was told I’d be writing a newspaper,” said Gavin Powell, of Van Buren County High School. “I thought that I might be thrown into a situation that I couldn’t handle myself or freak out under pressure, but I think I handled myself pretty well this week, overall.”
Powell covered several important events throughout the week, including the introductory speech by David Williamson and the important work of Industry C, and he met all of his deadlines.
Sara Qualley, of Iowa Falls-Alden High School who served as editor for the Horizon Sun Times, said she was excited to meet students from across the state and others with a passion for journalism.
“I would definitely recommend both Business Horizons and especially the media track,” Qualley said. “It really challenges you and takes you out of your comfort zone. You’ll find out new things about yourself and what you’re capable of.”
See a video created by members of Industry M about their week at Business Horizons.
On July 16, Joseph Jones and Bethany Wilcoxon visited with Business Horizons students to share why they love Iowa. Jones explained he heard some rumors about Iowa prior to choosing to live here. Jones shared that one of the rumors was, “There were more hogs than people.” Jones and Wilcoxon then invited advisors to come up on stage to answer questions. The advisors were asked, “What’s your name? Where are you from? What college did you go to?” Some of the advisors were born outside of Iowa.
The next question was simple, “Why Iowa?” Most answers were because of jobs or because Iowa has great opportunities. Some of the adults had different, unique, and funny answers. One advisor told a story on how their friend loves Iowa because crime rates are low and occasionally comical. For example, someone once stole a Santa out of their front yard! Another advisor said that her husband got a job in Iowa, and she didn’t like Iowa at first because she thought of it as just a place full of corn. Eventually, she grew to love Iowa. Some of the other answers to “Why Iowa?” included the affordability of Iowa and how nice the people were.
Nowadays, younger people are earning enough money to retire early because Iowa has good connections and job opportunities. Studies show there are roughly 66,000 job openings in Iowa and even more to come. There are even more surprising things to know about Iowa that students learned in a game Jones and Wilcoxon had them play. The game was simple – guess where in Iowa the product is made. Products included Cookies Bar “B” “Q” sauce, battleship parts, and Blue Bunny Ice Cream. The game illustrated to students how much is made in Iowa, and the results surprised a few people.
During Business Horizon’s annual battle royale of the Junk Game where each manufacturing industry fought to grab vital pieces of equipment to make a profitable machine, one industry stuck out from the others. Industry C created a new and unique way to garden and improve homes one garden at a time. It was named Garden Ease, which as the name suggests, allows for easier and more efficient gardening for plant lovers everywhere.
The group originally created a machine called the Harvester, a creation meant to collect and mine resources for agricultural or economical purposes. The group had some initial challenges with communication skills within the first 48 hours of Business Horizons, but is now moving along smoothly and efficiently. Industry C is the only group to pick an agriculturally based machine.
The change to Garden Ease instead of the original Harvester concept came after a realization that gardening is a much easier trade to market in, as opposed to resource mining. Garden Ease weeds, tills, fertilizes, seeds, and even waters gardens. The Garden Ease is also completely autonomous, meaning it’s remote controlled. The futuristic build of Garden Ease is revolutionary and attractive to buyers and investors. The buying price of the Garden Ease is $999.00.
During the Junk Game, led by David Williamson, Industry C had the most trouble communicating. However this is to be expected early on in Business Horizons. Teagan Vander Waal, an Industry C engineer, said, “The whole group really improved communication-wise near the end of the game. I feel that we really worked well together and didn’t really need a leader.”
One of the first things rugby coach Chris Draper asked the students at Schipper Stadium was how many had rugby experience. Maybe three people raised their hands. However, their lack of experience didn’t stop them from going all in. The combination of positive mindsets, competitive attitudes, and general restlessness made for several great five minute games. Starting with almost no knowledge on the sport, the Business Horizons students quickly picked up on the rules and techniques.
At the end of regular play, Industry C was undefeated and Industry E was in last place. As tournament play began, Industry E moved up the ranks and was set to play in the final game. Industry C let one too many runners get past their defense and ended up placing third. In the final game of B against E, there were some tough accidental tackles and great fast break plays.
In a true underdog story, Industry E ended up winning 2-0. As their team talked over the game the next day, Payton Klarenbeek of West Lyon High School said, “It was a team effort and we came together when it counted.” Jake Northup of Dowling Catholic High School referred to the game as “a full send.”
David Williamson is a great many things, but he is far from boring. Williamson is not only being inducted into the 2018 Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, he’s also passionate about leading Iowa’s youth to greater success in the future through creativity training. Creativity training is a group task and helps to show that everyone is capable of individual creative thinking. The training is very unique and inspiring to the students of Business Horizons.
Right off the bat, Williamson gave a lesson in formal introductions – a handshake to be exact. Williamson said, “There’s two types of important webs. There is the one online, and there is the one between your thumb and first finger.” He explained after his presentation, “A handshake was all we ever did business on back then. It was more of a code of honor.” Williamson said that back in the day, he never would get burnt on a deal, even if the only thing solidifying it was a simple handshake.
Williamson discussed his Bushmen band days how local media impacted his career. “I realized early on that the media really didn’t mean anything to me. Sure they helped with publicity, yeah, but I was mostly just a content provider to them, and that was most of our relationship.”
In school, Williamson’s choice to pursue music wasn’t always received in a positive light. “Back in the day, when you turn in your jock strap for a guitar strap you were usually headed for trouble.” He talked about his early band days and recruiting his band after quitting sports to be in a musical career. “Sophomore year, I went to a live rock show for the first time, and it was awesome, and I later found out that my local milkman was the lead guitarist, and I figured out that anyone can rock, including me.”
Williamson asked for an electric guitar that very Christmas, kicking off a successful and enjoyable lifelong career making music and changing lives for the better. Williamson shared with the crowd how his experience in his band was relevant. He has been speaking to Business Horizon for well over 20 years, to which he said, “The reason I do this is because people cared more about what was on top of my head, then between my ears.”
Kay Neumann-Thomas, The Vice President of the Iowa Association Of Business And Industry Foundation, and the long-time leader of Business Horizons, felt that David Williamson was a man of unique history, creativeness, and had an original outlook on life. She feels his lessons can apply to all forms of life, both professional and normal. “David Williamson has been one of the most unique, creative, and informative speakers we have had at Business Horizons.”
Emily Schettler, a communication strategist working for the Harkin Institute, took away several important things from Williamson’s creativity training, such as how replicable and applicable everything he talked about was, regardless of career path. When asked about Williamson’s outlook on life, she said, “His enthusiasm about life and it’s unpredictable nature was just infectious, and I now feel motivated to try new things that I never thought about before.” She reacted just as many others at Business Horizons did – with total respect and enthusiasm. “My biggest take-away of his time with us would be that presentation is just as important as the product, which I agree with.”
(Photo Credit: Sydney Peterson)
It’s once again that time of the year for new students to join the ranks of Business Horizons. Amongst them are six journalists to record and review their ingenuity.
In life there are those who stand idle, and those who achieve greatness. The new Horizon Sun Times staff are the latter of the two. The staff is ready to make the week more fun, friendly, and enjoyable for the whole populace of Business Horizons (BH).
The six journalists have been assigned positions in the News Room, such as the title Editor, Social Media Director, Art Director, and a few active journalists. The Horizon Sun Times editor is Sara Qualley of Iowa Falls High School, the social media director is Grace “Gracie” Purvis of BCLUW, the art director Mikayla Deters of Nevada High School, and our journalists are Diana Sagastizado of Clarke Community High School, Grace Galloway of Des Moines Roosevelt High School, and Gavin Powell of Van Buren High School. The group is very ready to record the new machines, new workers, and new industries.
Business Horizons is a new thing for all of us, but we all look forward to making it even more fun for the attendees, their care-givers, and their sponsors! It’s day two of BH, so let’s keep the rock rolling, and have a wonderful week.
By Gavin Powell