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Student inventor wins first place for environmental board game in entrepreneurship program

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Elspeth LaCroix-Birdthistle
Sophomore Evelyn Halbach participated in the Young Entrepreneur Academy program in Chicago, where she created a board game called EcoFrenzy. The game was based on the science involved in the world of pollination and won first place.

Evelyn Halbach has a passion for learning about the environment, one that earned her first place in her proposed product after participation in a Young Entrepreneur Academy program in Chicago.

The program is a national class directed toward Middle School and High School students. The class helps students to generate business ideas, conduct research, write business proposals, pitch to a panel of investors, and eventually launch their own companies. 

“We were able to go and visit lots of women owned businesses in Chicago, and it felt really empowering to me to see all of these strong women,” Evelyn said. “I was very grateful for the opportunity to create my own business board game.”

Evelyn’s product that won her first place was a board game called EcoFrenzy, a game based on the science involved in the world of pollination. She not only placed first, but also won $1,800 and a promise from the team of investors to purchase the first 50 games from her. Evelyn will next head to the national Saunders competition.

Evelyn created the game based on her own personal passion and interest in the environment and insects. The game consists of flower cards which come in six different colors that attract six different pollinators. From there, the game is all strategy with various rules and restrictions, keeping the players on their toes. 

Evelyn said she was very excited to keep marketing her product, and growing her passions and interests. 

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Zara Siddique
Zara Siddique, Sports & Leisure Editor
Zara Siddique is a member of the Class of 2024 and serves as the sports and leisure editor. She joined the journalism family in the 2021-22 school year as a sophomore. Her favorite part of journalism is getting to meet new people. Her favorite story she has written is “Qatar sparks controversy as World Cup host.” Outside of journalism, she enjoys playing tennis, reading and listening to music. Awards: 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Second place (with Sahana Unni), photo layout: full page (Page 3) 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Superior, commentary writing
Elspeth LaCroix-Birdthistle
Elspeth LaCroix-Birdthistle is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2026. Elspeth's favorite part of photojournalism is taking photos of school events and being a part of the behind-the-scenes of the Midway and other school-related activities. Outside of school, Elspeth enjoys reading and dancing. She is also a member of the varsity girls soccer team.

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