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Student Spotlight: Anh Le

This article was first printed in the Winter 2017 edition of The Clubhouse

March 20, 2017

Anh Le is always learning and adapting.

He moved to America from Vietnam in 3rd grade and then he moved to Oklahoma and New York before joining us last year as a high school junior. “Moving here was a complete change for me, a life-changing experience,” said Anh. “I learned to adapt to different people and a different school. This school is smaller than my last high school, but it’s more interactive and there are more opportunities.”

One of those opportunities is the Master Class series.

From Learning Lab and after-school enrichment at the elementary level to Expeditions at the junior high to the Master Class series at the high school, the district is focusing on helping students turn interest into passion through Warriors BEyond. The Master Class series is student-created curriculum, which is directed by student enthusiasm and interests.

Anh is participating in the Shark Tank master class, which is kind of an idea percolator – the students work with the Warriors BEyond coordinator to turn business ideas into reality.

His business idea? To market and sell leather cell phone cases. “I noticed that a lot of people have cell phone cases, but for those who don’t they say they don’t like what’s out there or they’re too expensive.” Anh plans to provide consumers with something they want – branded, leather cases at an affordable price.

“It all boils down to the money-making process of business. In order to succeed you must provide something to the consumer that they want and you have to value your customer.”

This isn’t his first business venture. A couple of years ago, he and some friends had an idea to sell luxury watches. Anh said it failed because “we didn’t plan or know enough, although we learned a lot about the process.”

“I don’t think about failure as an end point. You should learn from your failures – we don’t live long enough so we need to learn from others’ failures as well. People should just execute their idea and if it fails, move on and learn something from the whole process.”

And, through the Shark Tank master class, Anh keeps learning and adapting. His goal by the end of the year is to start selling the product. “The master class makes me stay more focused on my business – it basically forces me to think about it. I’ve also become a better problem solver. You don’t need a genius idea to do Shark Tank. We can help each other come up with ideas. I didn’t have a great idea, I was just hoping to come up with an idea and be inspired.”