GSAA Wins National Business Competition Is Named First Runner-up

July 01, 2006 | Debra McCarver

Starting an international company may seem like an impossible task, but not to a group of Gem State Adventist Academy business students who spent time this year in Cambodia doing just that.

“Launching our company, Khmer Krafts LLC, was a big task but very exciting,” said senior Cinthya Hererra. “It was amazing to interact in another culture and set up a business that will give jobs to poor village women.”

Khmer Krafts makes and sells exotic Cambodian products such as purses, pillow covers, Bible covers, pencil cases and clothing, both in Cambodia, the U.S. and around the world.

As a business club involved with SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship), business students take on projects in the areas of entrepreneurship, community outreach, civic engagement, environmental responsibility, use of college mentors and use of a business advisory board.

In March, the team competed regionally and won the state. Then, in May, in Brooklyn, New York, they competed nationally with other high schools and won first runner-up (second) for the whole U.S.

“I’m very proud of our team,” said sponsor and founder Debra McCarver. “This is our first year, and for a small school from Idaho, this is a huge accomplishment.”

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