Four Lutheran West students served as judges at the Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit in late October.
Current students Hunter Caraballo, David Weng, Tommy Tibbitts, and Alex Pitcole were part of select teams of student judges composed of students from 12 area high schools. Student judges reviewed detailed information about fifteen unique health and/or biomedical start-ups and then wrote persuasive essays as a team detailing which start-up they predicted would be the winner of the AMP'D Arena, a Shark Tank like business and innovation competition.
In preparation for composing their essay recommendations, students viewed a series of webinars with the Innovations Team at the Cleveland Clinic. These interactive activities allowed tehm to complete innovative thinking exercises, explore the Clinic's innovation portfolio, and conduct research on the AMP'd Arena competitors. The essays submitted by the student teams were then scored by the Writing Center at John Carroll, and the schools with the three highest scores were recognized during the introduction of the AMP'D Arena at the Medical Innovation Summit.
Student judges were invited to spend the morning and afternoon in the AMP'D Arena, listening to the actual presentations by the start-ups and getting the chance to meet the innovators they had researched.
The four students were honored to be a part of the program, which proved to be a fantastic opportunity to experience a wide range of real-world educational experiences in the areas of science, medicine, health, entrepreneurship, and more.
Congratulations to Hunter, David, Tommy, and Alex on a job well done and on representing Lutheran West in this one-of-a-kind program. Thanks to the Cleveland Clinic for offering this chance for innovation and discovery!