Liverpool Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard Johns said he is often amazed at how talented the students of Liverpool are, and April 27 was no exception.
Two Liverpool High School sophomores, Benjamin Zenker and Zakery Koster, were named the winners of the New York's Creative Core 5K Business Idea Competition for high school and college students.
Last school year, when the pair were freshmen, LHS Annex technology teacher Todd Dischinger approached his students with a problem -- Annex math teacher Mike Wolf said that the expensive calculators his students were using in class were always crashing to the floor. Dischinger asked his students if they could come up with a solution as an extra credit project for class. After Zenker and Koster submitted their concept, a calculator clip that could be attached to the desk, they expressed interest in moving beyond just an idea and making it a reality.
Soon the pair began working on their concept and trying different prototypes. Eventually they designed a calculator clip that could be attached to the desk using Velcro, making it easy to remove from the desk when it was time to take a test. Zenker and Koster made a set for students in Mr. Wolf's classes, and the rest of the Annex math teachers were so jealous, they wanted sets for their classrooms as well. Students in Karin Dykeman's technology classes in the main building then went to work and manufactured enough calculator clips for every math classroom at the Annex.
More than 100 Central New York high school and college students entered this year's competition, and the top 10 finalists were honored during Tuesday evening's fourth annual New York's Creative Core $200,000 Emerging Business Competition at Onondaga Community College. For winning the competition, Ben and Zakery were awarded $5,000, while Dischinger was awarded $1,000 as their teacher.
Superintendent Johns wished congratulations to everyone, not just for creating and producing an amazing business invention, but for being honored for their accomplishments.