InnoAir Solves JANY

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W.T. Clarke High School students and entrepreneurs Shayan Huda, Abishek Ravindan, Makaeel Sheikh and Louis Zaino claimed victory in the final round of the Junior Achievement of New York’s 12th Annual High School Business Plan Competition on June 5. They represented the East Meadow School District proudly and achieved first place for their proposed product, InnoAir.

InnoAir is a reusable alternative to inhaler actuators that would offer consumers with asthma a product that reduces the amount of waste caused by single-use plastic actuators. The method creatively addressed this year’s theme of sustainable solutions to Americans’ dependency on plastic.

“Each member of our group has asthma and struggles with the stigma associated with using an inhaler,” said Abishek. “Many of those that suffer from asthma are afraid to use inhalers in front of their peers.”

Each member of the team received a cash prize of $1,500 and a trophy for the school. This is the second time in three years that a group from W.T. Clarke was victorious in the final round, with a 2017 win going to the team Simplastic. 

JANY is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. 

“This process and project helped us gain experience in terms of networking and presenting in front of a group,” said Makaeel. Additionally, he said, “This project has helped me grow as a person and helped me pursue my interests.”