Lake Orion High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
My name is Nick Soviero and I am a currently a Junior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This year, I am taking multiple AP, dual enrollment, and honors courses at my school.
Currently, I am involved in a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities. First off, I am a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society at my school. I also play the trumpet in the Jazz band. I am an active member of the Model UN, Social Justice, Leadership, and Campus Ministry programs at my school. During my free time, I enjoy watching sports or playing baseball. My community service involves teaching younger kids baseball at my local park, volunteering at a homeless shelter and at the HCA/Westside Hospital in my community. I currently have accumulated over 600 service hours in my community.
I am so excited and proud to be leading our International Business Internship Program team. I am so glad that I gathered some of my best friends to be a part of this with me. As a group, I know we are going to achieve great things and change the lives of our business partners in Nigeria. We will work as hard as we can to achieve success. This program is an amazing opportunity and I am blessed to be apart of it.
Class of 2021
My name is Giovanni Ruffolo, and I am a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. This year I am taking Advanced Placement and honors courses, along with Leadership classes too.
I am participating in multiple clubs and extracurricular activities this year. I am a member of the Marine Biology Club, and participate in the Leadership and Social Justice programs at my school. After school, I like to play soccer, hockey, and like to run. I also like to help do good around my community. I help stock shelves and distribute food to the less fortunate at my local food pantry. I also am a counselor at my old elementary school. So far I have earned almost 400 service hours by working in my community
I am very excited to be working as a member of the International Business Internship Program. My friends and I are very eager to help change the lives of our business partner and community in Nigeria. I am very excited to see what we can do when we all work together to make those people’s lives easier.
Class of 2020
My name is Dylan B., and I am a Junior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. In my free time, I enjoy playing baseball and basketball. This year, I am currently taking Advanced Placement courses at my high school.
I participate in various clubs at my school and am involved in many activities after school. I play sports year around which consumes most of my time. I have a 4.5 and above GPA so I am dedicated to school and sports.
The International Business Internship Program came up as a great opportunity and I am glad I joined such a great program. I am honored to join with friends in helping places in need to better their business. I will do everything I can and put all my effort forth to improving the business. I never thought I would get the chance to join in such an empowering organization. I am so happy to be apart of this!
Class of 2020
My name is Jacob Wancier, and I am a junior at Western High School. I am currently learning in both Advanced Placement and Cambridge academic courses at school.
Currently, I am in three after-school clubs at my school. I am the Secretary of Entrepreneurship club, as well as a member in the St. Jude Club, and a member in National Honor Society. In addition to this, I am an active player on the Varsity baseball team at my school.
I'm excited and eager to be working as a member of the International Business Internship Program. Together with some of my close friends, I am excited to be working and helping a business on the other side of the world. This unique experience will help me connect with a community that is far from me!
Class of 2020
My name is Ryan Cala, and I am a junior at Western High School. I am currently in both the honors program at my school as well as dual enrollment classes.
As of right now I am involved in four after-school clubs at my school. I am a member in National Honor Society, the St. Jude club, HOSA, and Student government as well as being in the class. I am also actively playing varsity baseball for my school.
As soon as I heard about the International Business Internship Program I knew I had to a part of it. The other members of the group are some of my best friends and I believe we work really well together. I am so thrilled to be helping a business on a different continent because I feel like not a lot of people get a chance to do something like this.
Our Business Partner: Carpentry Business
Business Owner: Usman Abubakar Usman
Business Location: Bauchi, Bauchi State Nigeria
Story of the Business
The Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program enables Usman to expand his business and improve his a community as a whole. Usman is working with International Business Internship Program students to improve his woodworking skills, marketing and advertising, financial management, computer modelling of carpentry designs, and new designs for furniture.
About the Owner: Usman Abubakar Usman
After completing his secondary education, Usman was in search of a skill to find work and pay for his education costs. His father recommended he explore carpentry, and Usman began training in furniture carpentry. Three years of hard work later, Usman had enough skill to leave his apprenticeship. With financial assistance from his family, Usman opened up his own carpentry business in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Usman’s business has now grown to three full-time employees, six part-time employees, and eight apprentices in his shop. Usman’s apprenticeships create valuable skills for at-risk youth in the community and provides crucial opportunities to raise them out of poverty. Usman also pays for the primary education of his two children and the university fees of his wife. Usman and his business currently directly benefit over 20 people in his wider community.