Boerne-Samuel V. Champion
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
My name is Matthew Villescas, and I am a junior at Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School. My curriculum includes several Advanced Placement and Dual-Enrollment courses geared towards the STEM field.
As of now, I contribute to several academic and competitive teams for my school such as the Debate team, state-placing Mock Trial team, and state-winning UIL Current Events team. In addition, I have been running long distance Cross Country and Track since the seventh grade and serve as a varsity competitor on the team. I am also an NHS member and current member of the writing club.
I am ecstatic to offer my assistance to a cause whose scope is greater than I could possibly appreciate. The upcoming experiences with my close companions will not only hone my perceptions and understanding of the world, but they will serve as a means to create a significant difference in an individual’s life. The IBIP program has presented my team an opportunity to build something greater than ourselves, and we could not be any more willing to take it.
Class of 2020
My name is Lauren Cardenas, and I am a junior at Samuel V. Champion High School. Generally, my time is spent focusing on my advanced placement classes and making as much time as I can to expand my horizons through various clubs and hobbies.
Currently, I am the Vice President of our school’s student-made writing club, which also I assisted in founding, and play the viola in our orchestra, which I am an active officer for. During the year one of my favorite programs to participate in is the University Interscholastic League, where I compete in regional and district tournaments for literary and writing events. Creatively, I actively and enthusiastically compete in the Destination Imagination program, which allows me to act, team-build, and problem-solve. Additionally, I am a member of our community theater and help the community through interact club.
I am beyond exhilarated to be participating in the International Business Initiatives Program and honored to be chosen to help people globally. Being able to work on something this important is a project I am gladly and enthusiastically willing to take on. I hope that through committing to the IBIP team, this amazing opportunity will be teaching me about teamwork and working hard for a good cause, and I look forward to have the chance to positively impact people’s lives.
Class of 2020
My name is Krista Eddy, and I am a junior at Samuel V. Champion High School. This school year my goal is to succeed in my advanced placement classes and continue to explore my passions in my free time.
Personally and when I am able to, I leisurely enjoy activities such as practicing the piano, painting, writing, and reading. In school, I am the secretary of our writing club, a club which I helped found, am a viola player in the school orchestra, and am a member of the National English Honor Society. I also compete in University Interscholastic League literary events throughout the school year. I enjoy actively participating in my school’s FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) organization and help the community by participating service events through them as often as I can. Additionally, I enjoy being a member of our local community theater, where I help put on plays and musicals.
I am thrilled to be a part of the IBIP team as it gives me a chance to connect with new, stimulating people, test my work ethic, solve real world problems, and experience what it is like to be a part of a team that has to quickly work out solutions for a good cause.
Class of 2020
My name is Isabelle Costello, and I am currently a junior at Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School. My curriculum includes a mixture of Fine Arts classes, a majority of Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses, and courses focusing on a future in Healthcare.
The majority of my time outside of school is spent participating in extracurricular activities with a focus on community service, healthcare, and the arts. I have been dancing since I was four years old through various studios and competition (including several nationals qualifying) teams in ballet, tap, and jazz, as well as currently serving as a line officer on our school’s varsity dance team. I have been playing violin for six years, play in the Honor Orchestra, and am currently vice president of the Champion High School Orchestra program. I have served as Secretary, Treasurer, and President in the CHS Writing Club and am a competitor for my school’s UIL Academics and Speech Team; I also compete in various Interp events for the Debate Team. I am the secretary for the Health Occupations Students of America club and have qualified for state HOSA medical competitions. I have participated in theatre for the majority of my life, this year serving my second term as Secretary for the Boerne Community Theatre Teen Troupe. I try to volunteer frequently, participating in several service-oriented campus clubs such as National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Interact Club.
I feel that I have gained substantial experience through past opportunities and could not be more excited to share it and learn more through the IBIP program. I absolutely adore the people I have been invited to work with and am thrilled to broaden my horizons and initiate change further than my hometown of Boerne. The thought of interacting with individuals and changing lives across the world is exhilarating, and I am so thankful that it is becoming a reality for my fellow teammates and me.
Class of 2020
My name is Emma Miller and I am a junior at Samuel V. Champion High School. This year, I am currently enrolled in multiple advanced placement classes and courses aimed toward the medical field.
Currently, I am on the FC Thunder ‘00 Girls soccer team, and I have played club soccer for about 11 years now; I am also going on my 3rd year of being on the high school soccer team. I am an active member of service clubs such as HOSA, which I have competed at the area competition level for, and Interact Club. Additionally, I am a member of both the National English Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. I love volunteering at local organizations, including the Boerne Animal Shelter, Hill Country Daily Bread, and many more.
I am so excited to be a part of the International Business Internship Program. I love being a part of my local community, and I am so excited to receive the opportunity to not only get to know our business partner but help people all across the world.
Class of 2020
My name is William Andrew James IV (most people call me Drew), and I am a junior at Samuel V. Champion High School. This year I’m eagerly anticipating the rigorous coursework provided by my Advanced Placement classes and even more opportunities for leadership.
During this school year I’m participating in a variety of organizations where I strive to enhance my leadership capability, such as the writing club I not only helped found but am also the president of, and my school’s JROTC program where I serve as a Flight Commander and commander of the Academic Bowl team, which I also assisted in reviving. Outside of these programs I’m avidly involved in areas where I can utilize my theatrical craving, like my town’s community theater and the Speech and Debate club. Additionally, I compete in literary events through the University Interscholastic League, leisurely play the piano and saxophone, and am a black belt in karate.
It’s difficult for me to even express how excited I am to be included in the International Business Internship Program. After working in programs this summer where I actually got to assist people on a national level rather than just in my community, I’m excited to once again evolve--this time to a global scale. I’m feeling extensively inspired by many young leaders emerging on the forefront of critical issues and I possess the unyielding compulsion to do the same. This group consists of some of my greatest friends, and I truly believe we have the potential to change lives. Saying I feel honored to be one of the many cogs in the IBIP community would be an understatement.
Class of 2020
My name is Alexandra Purchatzke, and I am a junior at Samuel V. Champion High School. This year I am ready to focus my time on my advanced placement classes and help the public through service as often as I can.
Currently I enjoy being a member of the school’s debate team, acting in the community theater, and competing in UIL mathematical events. This year I am the Vice President of our school’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students in America) chapter and have participated in HOSA state competitions. I am also the youth representative and leader for the Boerne Community Coalition, a local volunteer organization that focuses on benefitting children in the community. Additionally, I am a Junior Volunteer at University Hospital and serve the community through National Honor Society and Interact Club.
I am thrilled to be a part of the IBIP program and to be able to influence and enrich the lives of people thousands of miles away. Serving the community has been a cornerstone of my life for years, and I’m excited to be able to make even a small difference in the world at large. I look forward to learning more about the world of business alongside our business partner.
Our Business Partner: Welding
Business Owner: Hamza Ya’au
Business Location: Yelwa Makaranta, Bauchi state
Story of the Business
The Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program has greatly facilitated the growth and success of Hamza’s business. Hamza is currently working with International Business Internship Program students to learn how to weld automatic house gates, expand his knowledge of paint and design, and create plans to weld metal furniture to expand his skills and product line.
About the Owner: Hamza Ya’au
For most of his life, Hamza and his family barely got by on the money his father made from their farm. No one in Hamza’s family could afford to attend school, so Hamza worked on the farm for most of his childhood. However, after receiving training from Leadership Initiatives, Hamza found a welding apprenticeship that nearly tripled his family’s income. With the help of Leadership Initiatives to buy equipment, Hamza took his training a step further and opened his own welding shop in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Hamza and his business have created two jobs for his wider community, and he hopes to expand his business to employ more. Hamza has dedicated his future business ventures to helping at-risk youth in his home village by providing them the training that allowed Hamza to find his own success. Hamza currently supports his entire family with the profits and pays for the education of his siblings. Hamza and his welding shop currently benefit 12 people in the wider community.