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York students sell inventions in school version of ‘Shark Tank’

Brooke Cleveland, from left, talks about her idea for a doggie day care and training service with students Carson Baucom and Jairus Meeks.
Brooke Cleveland, from left, talks about her idea for a doggie day care and training service with students Carson Baucom and Jairus Meeks. news@enquirerherald.com

Fifth-grade student Brooke Cleveland decided to create a better doggie day care and training service after having to leave her own pet in care she thought was inadequate.

Brooke, 10, had the chance to sell her idea to six York business leaders Thursday, during a York Intermediate School version of the popular TV show, “Shark Tank,” in which inventors pitch ideas to investors.

Brooke, who created a model to show how her proposed business would work, said it would teach tricks and train pets to obey owners in addition to providing doggie day care.

The business owners peppered Brooke and other students about their ideas and about decisions on packaging, marketing and price. They also offered suggestions for improvement.

Bob Hall, owner of the Bush-N-Vine farm in York, credited students with “thinking outside the box. They have very imaginative minds, and it’s really good to keep those creative juices flowing.”

Many of the students’ invention ideas came from personal experience. Caleb Humphries, 10, invented jumping shoes with springs to help him reach a higher shelf.

Corey Alton, 11, invented a jewelry master with hangers to help his mother organize her items. One day, he said, she couldn’t find a necklace. He said his idea would help “so she would not be late for work.”

Gavin Carpenter, 10, invented a barber cape with a clear plastic panel in the front so customers can use cell phones during a hair cut. He said his brother wanted to play games on his cell phone at the barbershop, “but he didn’t want to get hair on it.”

The students were among 60 York Intermediate fifth-graders who participated in the program Thursday; another 60 are to participate today.

Katherine Taylor, one of three York Intermediate teachers who hosted the program, said the inventions were part of students’ study of the Industrial Revolution, and of great American inventors such as Henry Ford, the Wright brothers and Alexander Graham Bell.

The other two teachers are Mendy Mitchell and Teresa Mann.

Students gave a class presentation on their ideas, Taylor said. Two students from each class were chosen to show their ideas to the business leader panel during the “Shark Tank” program.

Other ideas came from Kolton Benko, who created EZ Knees, pants with an inflatable knee cushion; Brianna Nance, who invented heated socks; Asa Costinett, who invented a robotic device to paint lines on athletic fields or other places; and Landon Ownbey, who created a heated thermal shirt.

Anne Tereshenko, with Precision Gymnastics in Shelby, N.C., said she was impressed with the ideas. She served on the business leaders’ panel with her husband, Sergei.

“They’re very creative and enthusiastic,” Anne Tereshenko said.

Other participating business leaders Thursday were York CPA Chris Farris, Beth White with Black’s Peaches in York, Chris Mack with Dent Pro USA in York, and Kristen Patterson with Sweet Tea in York.

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077