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Rose City High School Wins Rotary Business Plan Competition

For Immediate Release:
May 19, 2017

                                                        Rose City High School Wins Rotary Business Plan Competition

Pasadena, CA – Rose City High School student Hunter Smith won first place in the 2017 Rotary Business Plan Competition hosted by Rotary International District 5300 on May 4, 2017. He was among students from the Pasadena, Arcadia, and San Marino who presented their business plans before a panel of judges after competing at their local Rotary clubs. Hunter is part of the Career Exploration Options Academy, which serves students at two alternative education sites in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD).

Hunter won first place with his business plan for Ralleon Custom Built, a custom computer building and repair business. As part of his presentation that included a financial plan and market analysis, he displayed a computer that he built himself, complete with LED lights and a state-of-the-art water-cooled system.

Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley said, “I am truly proud of each student who accepted the challenge and competed in this event, and of the staff who helped prepare them. Hunter’s first place victory is a testament to his creativity and hard work, and to the dedication and expertise of school staff who worked closely with him to prepare for high-level competition. Hunter’s experience in the business plan competition is invaluable as he pursues his dream to run a successful custom computer company.”

The panel of judges rated student plans on viability and attention to detail on financial plans.

Hunter said, “I was so glad I spent the extra time preparing the market analysis for this round of competition. I was able to answer questions on the spot about things I didn’t know until I worked on this project.”

Photo: Rose City High School student Hunter Smith with Ray Carlson (right) of Rotary District 5300

To learn more about this project, please contact
Michael Slominski, Work-Based Learning Coordinator
351 S. Hudson Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: 626.396.5620

About The Business Plan Competition
For more information, please visit
Or contact  C. Ray Carlson, Chair, District Vocational Service,

About Rose City High School CEO Academy
The Career Exploration Options Academy (CEO) serves students at two alternative education sites in the Pasadena Unified School District. The Health Academy is hosted at the Center for
Independent Studies, while the Building and Design Academy is hosted at Rose City High School. The Building and Design Academy offers a construction trades curriculum, a graphic and web design curriculum, and a business curriculum. The school engages in project-based learning and all students are required to take career preparation courses. The CEO Academy is a member of the NAF National Academy Foundation Program that emphasizes career readiness through integrated curriculum, work based learning, advisory board support, and program structure and development. For more information, please visit

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