Eaton HS Student Startups Win National Awards

Feel the Color produces clothing tags that aid people with visual impairments pick out clothes. CHAAO, another student-run company crafts jewelry from recycled materials.

visually impaired

Feel the Color’s clothing tags will have the name of the color embroidered in both Braille and English Alphabet letters.
[Photo: Catherine Durkin]

Northwest ISD student-run startups didn’t snag Junior Achievement’s top Company of the Year award, but they still came home with national recognition in other categories at last week’s Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.

Both Feel the Color and CHAAO of V.R. Eaton High School’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship were named two of 15 finalists for the national Company of the Year title. JA Company Program gives students opportunities to further their leadership skills and advance their ideas into actual businesses outside of class. Eaton is in Haslet, north of Fort Worth.

Last school year, JA of the Chisholm Trail, the Fort Worth chapter, began offering an updated version of the JA Company Program with a new blended learning model incorporating online components. 

This year’s top Company of the Year ended up going to Alpha Necessities of JA of South Florida, but NISD student startups took home other awards. 

Jakayla Dixon’s Feel the Color, which produces Braille clothing tags that can aid people with visual impairments in picking out clothes, picked up the FedEx Access Award. CHAAO, which crafts jewelry from recycled materials, won the Social Media Award along with student startups PickMeUp and GoodNashville.

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