Olentangy Liberty High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
My name is Saideepika Rayala, and I am a high school junior at Olentangy Liberty High School. I currently serve as the editor-in-chief of my school’s news website, and I am also one of the senior officers on the student council. Outside of school, I am the founder of The Columbus Civic, a news organization that provides the local news in the native languages of local immigrant and refugee communities. I also volunteer at my local refugee resettlement agency and as a writer for the Central Ohio Red Cross Communications Team. I am passionate about journalism, and in my free time, I can be found writing or practicing archery. I am very excited to be a part of the International Business Internship Program. Through IBIP, my team and I have the opportunity to make an impact on businesses in Nigeria and become more globally aware citizens.
Class of 2021
My name is Smaran Ramidi, and I am a sophomore at Olentangy Liberty High School. I am part of our school’s marching band, as a flute, and our school’s winter drumline, as a vibraphone. I am also vice president of Diversity club and a Communication Officer for Student Council. I am also the performing arts editor for our yearbook. I am very excited to be a part of the IBIP Program and help contribute to the success of businesses in Nigeria.
Class of 2020
My name is Rainbow Huang, and I am a junior at Olentangy Liberty High School. This year, I am currently taking Advanced Placement courses at my high school.
I participate in state-recognized academic groups, including Junior State of America and Science Olympiad. I am also member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Additionally, I play the clarinet in my school’s marching band as a section leader, and have been playing the piano for more than ten years.
The International Business Internship Program is a completely new concept in ideology that I never thought I would have the chance to experience. I’m excited to have the chance to work on an innovative project that has the chance to leave a positive lasting impact in the future, as well as furthering my own education in the meantime. I look forward to the great things that we can do!
Class of 2020
My name is Melinda Xia, and I’m a junior at Olentangy Liberty High School. I have a great passion for politics and public speaking.
I currently serve as the district Mayor for Ohio River Valley JSA, and next year I will be serving as our region’s Governor. I have been involved in the Junior State of America since my freshman year, through which I have strengthened my understanding of political debate and activism. I also serve as an intern to a state representative of Ohio, and have consequently learned much about state politics and government. I also participate in our school’s DECA program, in which I serve as a Public Relations officer and have participated in statewide competitions.
I am very thankful to be a member of the International Business Internship Program, and work alongside our wonderful team members. I believe that this organization gives students the opportunity to gain insight on what it truly means to make an impact, and provide the guidance and support necessary in allowing businesses to flourish.
Class of 2021
My name is Ryann Joseph, and I am a student at Olentangy Liberty High School. I enjoy challenging myself in school, taking various honors and AP courses. I am also a member of the school’s marching band, basketball cheerleading squad, and girl’s lacrosse team. I am looking forward to working with my IBIP team to help and support businesses in Nigeria!
Class of 2021
My name is Arpita Patel, and I am a sophomore at Olentangy Liberty High School. I am involved in various extracurriculars at school including Student Council, Science Olympiad, and Interact Service Club. I also volunteer at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and at my local temple. I am interested in the world of business and love meeting new people from different backgrounds. I am very excited to continue working with businesses in Nigeria through the International Business Internship Program!
Our Business Partner: Soap Production Business
Business Owner: Falilat Ahmed
Business Location: T1, State Low-Cost Housing Estate Bauchi, Bauchi State- Nigeria
Story of the Business
Falilat’s partnership with Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program (IBIP) has allowed her to open and greatly expand her business in ways she never could imagine. Falilat hopes the International Business Internship Program teams can work with her to develop new soap fragrances, expand her advertising in the local community, develop a formula and process for bar soap, employee more people in her local community, and expanding her market to other regions in Nigeria.
About the Owner: Falilat Ahmed
While studying chemistry at her local university, Falilat struggled to pay for her education and find a career in the field. However, during her last year at university, Falilat discovered a new passion through a unique course: the chemistry of soap making. After completing school, she decided to follow this passion and use her education to open up a soap-making business in Bauchi, Nigeria.
After three years of business and the help of her employees, Falilat now makes a variety of liquid soaps that can be used to wash plates, cars, clothing, and other surfaces. Falilat has also partnered with local hospitals and businesses to provide soaps and detergents on a regular basis. She uses the profits from her business to pay off her remaining university costs and support her four children as a single mother. Falilat and her soap-making business currently directly benefit 7 people in her wider community.