COSTA MESA — A group of high-school seniors brought home a national first-place title for creating an environmentally friendly business.
"We're not supposed to be winning championships, but we do," said Business Academy teacher Mike Sciacca. "We don't have as much money as wealthier schools, but our kids just chose to win … I hope they realize success is a choice."
One of Costa Mesa High School's Virtual Enterprise classes created Sanatorius, a pollution-offset company that installs compost toilets in developing countries. The student project nabbed first in the business plan competition last month in New York.
The students started with an idea, which for Sanatorius was a mash-up of two ideas based on a documentary, "The World's Toilet Crisis," and a "King of the Hill" episode on pollution-offsetting.
The class' business plan team represented the class of 28 students in New York. The team was comprised of Chief Executive Joshua Knox, 18; Chief Financial Officer Lisa Mai, 17; Vice President of Sales Dillon Escobar, 17; Vice President of Marketing Anna Alvarado, 18; Vice President of Accounting Angeline Hong, 17; and Director of Operations Lisandro Barajas, 18.