Northwest High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Ava Van Fleck
Class of 2020
My name is Ava Van Vleck, I am currently a junior at Rochester High School. In my free time I enjoy photography, art and traveling. This year I am enrolled in advanced placement curriculum and dual enrollment courses.
I’m currently serving as vice president of our Art National Honor Society. I’m also an involved member in National Honor Society, Social Studies NHS, Art club and phycology club. I’ve dedicated a majority of time for the past two years to my Varsity competitive cheerleading team. I also have taken piano lessons for the past eight years. In my freetime I volunteer along with members of my IBIP team at our local animal shelter.
I am extremely excited to be joining the IBIP program. This is the first globally active program that I have been presented with the opportunity of joining. I am looking forward to working hard and dedicating my time to changing lives across the world. I can’t wait to be presented with new challenges and learning more about a community across the globe.
Class of 2020
Hi, my name is Kiersten Miller. I am currently in my junior year at Rochester High School. In my free time I enjoy photography, videography and hanging out with friends. This year I am enrolled in advanced placement classes and am also a part of the National Honor Society
In school, I am involved in the National Honor Society and Psychology Club. Out of school, horseback riding takes up the majority of my time. I have been riding since I was seven and now own not one but two horses. I ride six times a week and compete in various places in the U.S. including Kentucky and Florida. When I’m not at the barn, I’m typically volunteering at local animal shelters. I felt the urge to start volunteering there after rescuing my cat from the shelter last year. I also enjoy taking photos in my freetime whether it be of horses or of people.
I am extremely eager to be a part of this international program because I know that the learning experiences I will take away from it will be so valuable. I’ve also been wanting more opportunities to help others no matter what it be, so when I was given this opportunity I jumped on it. I am excited to work with such a talented and determined group of people as well.
Class of 2020
My name is Kari E., and I am a Junior at Rochester High School. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and I love photography. I am currently involved in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses.
I am currently a part of National Social Studies Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Psychology club. I have also joined the Talon which is our school newspaper and hoping to be an editor within the next year. I am also currently going on my second year as a varsity cheerleader which I have been involved in since seventh grade. Along with the members of my IBIP team, we volunteer at our local animal shelters.
I am ecstatic at the opportunity I was given to be a part of this international program. I love challenging my own limits and going out of my comfort zone which I feel this program will help me achieve. It is also an amazing feeling to me that I am helping others and making a difference no matter how big or small. Along with my amazing team members, I feel as if working as a team will help us achieve great things and gain certain skills.
Class of 2020
My name is Joshua Alcock and I am a junior at Rochester High School. I am a citizen of both Austria and the United States with Austrian culture playing a major role in my life. When time permits I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with my friends and going on runs, and helping out the community. During my time in High School, I have involved myself in a plethora of Advanced Placement and Honors courses
I am currently a member of National Honors Society, German National Honors society, psychology club, as well a link crew and organization designed to help freshman smoothly transition into High School life and aid in building the school’s culture. I have also devoted a large portion of time to basketball as I am beginning my second year on the varsity basketball team. I have spent countless hours volunteering assisting in tasks such as transporting schools supplies or building a miniature library for elementary school children.
Words cannot express my excitement to be apart of the IBIP program and to be able to be a positive force in the lives of others. This opportunity is extremely unique and I am thrilled to experience something completely different and establish a connection with people across the globe. I firmly believe that this experience will allow me to gain new skills and that with the help of my fellow IBIP members we will be able to effectively complete any task we are given.
Class of 2020
My name is Hayden Bearre and I am a junior at Rochester High School. In my free time I enjoy activities such as soccer and staying actively engaged in my local government. In my previous year of school, as well as my current, I chose to enroll in a variety of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses.
My hobbies consist of spending time with friends, video games, sports, and academic success. I participate in a variety of extracurricular activities such as Rochester Hills Youth Government Council (RHYGC), Science National Honors society, Art National Honors society, and National Honors society. Me and a close friend started our own club at our school, Psychology club. RHGYC participates in volunteer work throughout my local area.
I am thrilled to join the IBIP to better my communication skills and become engaged in global interactions. I get to work with a group of highly talented students and we can further our collaborative skills and leadership abilities.
Our Business Partner: Salon
Business Owner: Grace Adannu
Business Location: Wunti market, Bauchi State, Nigeria
Story of the Business
After her secondary school education, Grace took a great interest in the salon business. She took a job as an apprentice for three years then took another job in Gombe, a neighboring state, for another three years in a salon where she learned the logistics behind running a business. Over the years, she managed to save enough money to raise capital for her own business. To date, she has trained over 11 young ladies and is currently training more. She is very excited to be a part of the LI IBIP Program, as she knows she will learn more and that her business will benefit from the great ideas of the IBIP team and students.
About the Owner: Grace Adannu
Grace Adannu is a single mother of two children. Her 26 year-old son Adanu is currently studying Crime Management in the Bauchi Federal Polytechnic, and her 16 year-old daughter is writing her final exams in secondary school. She has been able to singlehandedly finance the education of her children as well as that of her younger sister who is enrolled in the Federal Polytechnic through the income that Adanu makes from the salon. She hopes that with the great ideas from the IBIP teams her business will yield a greater profit.
Grace Adannu has always loved to give back to her community by training young beauty technicians as well as in the management of her business. She has done this for over 10 years and still looks forward to helping many more. Some of the young ladies she has trained now own their own salons and are very thankful for the help she has given. Adannu currently employs two women who in turn care for 20 members of their extended family, including their own children.