Colton High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
I am Jordyn Moehrle, a rising senior from Colton High School. Throughout high school, I have enrolled in many college and honors courses, and am also a member of National Honor Society for which I serve as Chapter Secretary. Outside of the classroom, I also am involved in FFA, a agricultural based program fixed with the goal of making a positive impact on the lives of its members by developing their passion for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. For this organization, I am the Chapter President and District VI Vice President for the Washington State FFA Association. I also have served as class President the last three years and will serve as ASB President in the 2018-19 school year. Last year I competed in the Colton Distinguished Young Women Program, a scholarship program that promotes young girls to be their best self, here I was announced as the first runner-up of the Colton Distinguished Young Women Program for the 2017-18 school year. After school, I spend my time playing varsity basketball, volleyball, and softball, for which I have received numerous all-district and all-state honors. Being the Palouse Empire Fair Queen for Whitman County just adds to the hustle. My community service background includes raising money for the Inland Northwest Honor Flight, a program that allows veterans the opportunity to visit Washington, DC to tour the respective memorials of the war that they fought in and the many other sites that our Veterans might otherwise never see. I also coordinated the community Veterans Assembly all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and a class rank of 1.
Class of 2021
I am Addy Purnell, a rising sophomore at Colton High School. I have only been in high school for a year but feel that having been involved in a lot such as FFA events, sports, including volleyball and softball, and now the IBIP team will largely benefit me. I have also been a part of my class office for the past two years. I was the 2017-18 Freshman class president and I am serving as this years Sophomore class Secretary/ Treasurer. I am also involved in working at the Colton Gun Club as a score keeper. My community service history involves helping set up the Colton christmas lights for the past 3 years. In 2017, I was also a part in raising money for the “Colton Christmas Light Fund” and that included the raising money at the Johnson Parade, a local 4th of July celebration and selling pumpkins to local families. I enjoy being involved in so many activities and it sure does keep me busy! I am looking forward to my options later in my high school experience, such as college options and gaining more knowledge that will help me after high school.
Class of 2020
Hello, my name is Jackson Meyer and I am a Junior at Colton High School. In my school I am a member of National Honor Society and our local FFA chapter, where I currently serve as our Treasurer. FFA is a agriculture based program that changes lives by preparing students for premier leadership, personal growth, and career growth. Last year, I was invited to speak to the Governor of Washington and the Washington State Stem Committee discussing STEM based projects. Over my high school career I have been able to maintain a 3.9 GAP. After school, I spend my time playing varsity football, basketball, and baseball. I have volunteered at soup kitchens in our area and help with other community events.
Class of 2020
I am Paiton Kirpes, a rising junior from Colton High School. In the past three years of high school, I have been engaged in an number of college and honors classes. I am also a member of National Honor Society and I hope to be a serving officer or the chapter. I am currently the president of the graduating class of 2020. I also participate in different extra-curricular activities, including Distinguished Young Women and FFA. Distinguished Young Women is a program which allows junior students to compete against one another for college scholarships with the opportunity gain life and job skills they can use after high school. I am also an active member of FFA, an organization with an agriculture base that makes a positive impact on members and develops leadership growth and career improvement. I serve as the Chapter Reporter and am planning to run for a District Officer position. After school, I spend my extra time working for my family and the school, playing basketball, and keeping up with my grades. As for community service, I have fundraised for my class, FFA, and now for IBIP. I plan to keep pushing myself to try new options, programs, and widening my career path.
Our Business Partner: Kawu Irrigation Farm
Business Owner: Muhammadu Shehu
Business Location: Wuro Bobbo Village Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
Story of the Business
After struggling to support his family for the majority of his life, the partnership with Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program have allowed Muhammadu to achieve financial independence. Muhammadu and students in the International Business Internship Program are currently working to improve irrigation methods to save more water, develop strategies to reduce evapotranspiration, to create a crop rotation schedule to improve soil fertility, and implement compost into his fertilizer schedule.
About the Owner: Muhammadu Shehu
Muhammadu inherited a large irrigation farm after the death of his father; however, he did not have the proper training or business management skills to profitably run his farm. Muhammadu then started raising cows to create additional income and feed his family. In 2013, Muhammadu discovered Leadership Initiatives and joined the Business Expansion program. With his new business management skills, Muhammadu expanded his family farm and opened the Kawu Irrigation Farm in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Muhammadu now has 22 employees from his local community and hopes to expand his farm even further. Because Muhammadu runs an irrigation farm, he is able to harvest crops three times a year, unlike traditional farmers in his community who can only harvest once during the rainy season. Not only is Muhammadu creating more resources to feed his community, but he also regularly gives free vegetables to his friends and community members who cannot afford to buy at the market. Because Muhammadu was never able to attend school, he has also made it his mission to pay for the education for all 19 of his children through university. Muhammadu and his irrigation farm directly benefit 45 people in his wider community.
A simple, cheaper and easier way/method of irrigating crops like tomatoes, cassava, pepper, okra (ladies finger), etc. to produce more with less water consumption and high crop yield
Business Partner Challenges
Strategy of reducing evapotranspiration
Business Partner Challenges
A simple table/plan for crop rotation to improve soil fertility
Business Partner Challenges