Twelve MCA students were named semifinalists in the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge (TYCIC) Class of 2021! Over 2,500 students across New Orleans took part in this year's Challenge. That number was narrowed down to the Top 20 teams, four of which are from Mount Carmel.

Congratulations to MCA’s semifinalists:

Crazy Idea Team Members
ADOPTr Erica Clement, Meghan Cifreo, and Mary Elizabeth Clement
StaySpoon Hang Ho, Soriah Henry, and Shanna Grandpre
Germ Lock Audry Miceli, Gabrielle Womble, and Rachel Lacho
Sub-SpeX Emily Adams, Mia Ainsworth, and Victoria Taylor


The Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge is a program of Junior Achievement in partnership with the Brees Dream Foundation and The Idea Village. The competition teaches entrepreneurial thinking to students and fine tunes their business pitches before presenting the finalists at a culminating event during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

Students begin the process by learning about the elements of a business plan. They next develop an idea that will make a difference in their community or answer a need in the marketplace. Their completed business plans are submitted for the first round of judging and finalists are chosen.

The finalists are mentored by local entrepreneurs and community leaders for eight weeks during the intensive Junior Achievement Accelerator Workshop Series. The workshops provide a platform to not only inspire students to anticipate and solve problems but also develop entrepreneurial and management skills. With the mentor's guidance, the teams improve their public speaking and presentation skills.

Students pitch their products in the final round. The winner receives a continuing education award and moves on to the state competition at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The winner's school also receives an award to help fund student activities.



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