Each year, Westlake-based Hyland Software hosts an Innovation Showdown. This is a voluntary event in which students form teams of 3-5 participants and are then paired with a Hyland employee mentor.
The two teams from Avon High School were:
- Team Benny: Katt Benny, Nick Boenau, Sam Fouts
- Team Boesger: Jacob Boesger, Joe Laforet, Matt LeHoty
The two teams spent multiple evenings meeting with their mentor to develop an innovative product that would address a current issue in the world.
Team Benny (Katt Benny, Nick Boenau, Sam Fouts) developed the ScrubTub, an in-home water filtration system, allowing households to recycle and reuse waste water.
Team Boesger (Jacob Boesger, Joe Laforet, Matt LeHoty) developed the iCan, a residential composting system, allowing households to compost food waste through convenient curbside pickup containers.
Nov. 16 was the final round of the Showdown, with teams giving their final presentations to a panel of Hyland judges. Both Avon High School teams had advanced from the initial round of 14 teams to the final round of six teams. Each team did an excellent job with their presentation, and Team Boesger took Third Place overall.
Kyle Stellar, Avon High School Computer Science/Engineering/Mathematics, advised Team Benny. Avon High School math teacher, Jeff Stevens, advised Team Boesger.