LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Students hoping to be the next CEO of a big named company are getting a taste of what it's like to be among top business leaders.
Friday morning, 23 incoming juniors and seniors from high schools across Lee and Collier counties presented in-depth business proposals to a panel of judges, made up of presidents and CEOs from local corporations.
It's part of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida's CEO Academy, a week-long program that helps students develop business skills and marketing plans.
Four teams came up with impressive inventions, including a solar-powered lawn mower, a GPS credit card monitor, an infrared shoe security detector, and a high-tech tire pressure system.
"These are things that they don't teach you in school," said Rex Rogers, an incoming senior at Cypress Lake High School. "I think the fact that were here learning this on our own time is really going to help us late in life when it comes to real life situations."
The goal for students is to give them real world skills they can take beyond the classroom.
"These kids want to come and its not an easy week for them," said Cecilia St. Arnold, Program Director for Jr. Achievement of SWFL. "You can see that they're all very excited about what they did and what they learned."
The winning group was the inventors of the solar-powered lawn mower. Each student received a $1,000 college scholarship.
In addition, one of the judges, Phil McCabe, CEO and owner of The Inn on 5th and McCabe's Irish Pub & Grill in Naples, gave $500 scholarships to the second place team, the inventors of the shoe security detector.