Ben Winovich, a senior at Chagrin Falls High School, has taken lessons from his entrepreneurship classes to launch his own business and product. His business is called Leafy Bars, and his product is matcha bars: granola bars that incorporate fine ground tea leaves called matcha. Matcha has caffeine just like coffee, making the bars a healthy breakfast choice while simultaneously providing the same amount of energy from a cup of coffee. Winovich said he had struggled to find a stable breakfast while also brewing coffee and matcha seemed like the healthy solution.
He took his idea to two business competitions, placing 3rd in the first competition and 2nd in the second competition. On April 30th, he participated in the LaunchNEt Kent State and Young Entrepreneur Institute Live Teen Pitch Tank Competition and was one of three winners. These wins inspired him to develop the idea into a franchise. After more and more people wanted to try them, Winovich decided to add two friends, Jack Deignan and Isaac Hopkins, also seniors at Chagrin Falls High School, to help him run the company smoothly. During the last three months, Winovich has started to advertise matcha bars as the healthiest and most efficient breakfast bars on the market. He decided to name the company Leafy after the tea leaf ingredient, matcha. This emphasizes the green tea aspect and is simple for consumers to remember.
Currently, Leafy Bars only has a strawberry chocolate matcha bar on the market and is looking into expanding the flavors. The bar is made with dried strawberries which increases its shelf life. The Leafy team also wants to expand the brand as a whole and has been selling t-shirts with the Leafy logo. The bars and shirts can be purchased on the Leafy.Cafe website and company updates can be found on their twitter: @theleafycompany and on Instagram: @leafycompany.
The Leafy team is hoping to expand the social media aspect as that is how the company markets its products. The website emphasizes the benefits of matcha as well as the company goal to benefit the community through Leafy bars. The social media accounts provide followers information on how to buy bars and shirts, company details, and motivational messages to keep people energized throughout the day. “As a company, we want to present ourselves as not just a healthy energy bar alternative, but also a healthy and positive lifestyle motivator,” said Winovich.
Winvoich said his CCP Entrepreneur Mindset and Process Class through Hiram College taught him everything he knows about running and starting a business. The most beneficial tool he has learned is networking. Jay Schach, grades 7-12 business education teacher at Chagrin Falls Schools, has helped the company find the right connections. Jack Deignan is the marketing and social media director of the company. The Chief Operations Officer is Isaac Hopkins. He runs the product production and farmers market logistics.
Leafy bars made an appearance at the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, giving the company a chance to compare itself to longstanding businesses and learn from other entrepreneurs. Winovich said his team found many connections, sold a lot of Leafy bars, and spread the Leafy brand within the community. The bars have already debuted in two farmer’s markets and have generated revenue upwards of $500 and profits of $400. The Leafy team hopes to continue the company after high school and expand into commercial markets within the next year.
“Our main goal is to help the community become a healthier and more energized place with Leafy bars; ‘The Best Bar For A Better Morning’,” said Winovich.
Chagrin Falls High School Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month
In recognition of his service and leadership qualities displayed in the community, Chagrin Falls High School senior Mason Bartlett has been selected as the May Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month.
Throughout his high school career, Bartlett has been the recipient of several awards. These include CVC Sportsmanship Award, CVC First Team Soccer (2017), CVC Second Team Soccer (2016), CVC Second Team Basketball (2017-2018), and AP Scholar with Distinction. He also has been recognized for his achievement of the academic honor roll and as a National Merit Semifinalist.
In his time at CFHS, Bartlett has been involved with the Engineering Club, in which he held the position of co-president throughout his senior year. He also received three varsity letters in the soccer team and two varsity letters in basketball. Throughout his senior year, he has held the position of team captain in both soccer and basketball.
Outside of school, Bartlett is a camp counselor for Chagrin Falls’ summer basketball camp, a Chagrin Athletic Association (CAA) basketball coach for sixth and seventh-graders, and on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and likes to play the game Fortnite. He also enjoys watching movies and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
His accelerated classes include AP Physics 1 and 2, AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Computer Science, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Government, AP U.S. History, and CCP English.
After high school, Bartlett plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
Chagrin Falls Intermediate Students Advance to States in Invention Competition
Five students from Chagrin Falls Intermediate School will advance to represent Chagrin Falls at the Ohio State level of the Invention League Competition.
Students entered this competition as a result of their efforts in the Invention Convention class. This course is a part of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) program. The goal of STEAM is to expose students to problem-solving, entrepreneurship, post-secondary study, and careers. The focus of the class includes identifying problems, solving problems with critical thinking, and developing and designing a prototype of the invention.
The CFIS Invention League Competition took place on April 12th. “This competition encompassed the true STEAM spirit, as the students invented prototypes to solve everyday problems,” said Matt Volk, a teacher at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School.
Only 500 students advance to the state level from the 7,000 nationwide who participate. The five students from Chagrin Falls who were chosen to move on to the state level are Liam Buttler in sixth grade, Lena Tucker in fifth grade, Ella Beatty in fourth grade, Sofia De La Cruz in fourth grade, and Coco Brody from the fourth grade. They will attend the Ohio State competition on July 29th.
Community Welcome to Attend First Annual Chagrin Falls Middle School REC Cardboard Regatta
The Chagrin Falls Middle School (CFMS) seventh-grade will be having their first ever CFMS Cardboard REC Regatta on May 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Rec Center pool.
To prepare for the event, students are working in teams to construct a boat out of only cardboard and duct tape. This project will put the students’ math, science, and teamwork skills to the test. Meanwhile, each team will also be fundraising to support the non-profit organization called Water For South Sudan. Any amount raised will be used as the team’s “entry fee” into the regatta race. On May 30, teams will compete as they attempt to row their cardboard boats across the REC pool. Family and community members are welcome to join CFMS in this inaugural event. The school thanks the REC, Chagrin Pet and Garden, Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation and Duck Brand: Duct Tape for their donations to the regatta. Anyone else that would like to help can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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