Friday, December 28, 2012

Young Achiever shares news of recent success

This week, we get an update from Young Achiever Ashleigh Thornton.

Ashleigh, a senior business major at UNC Charlotte, created her own line of hair care products: NoireNaturals.

Seventeen Magazine recently selected Ashleigh as one of three winners in their “Make Your Own Money” young entrepreneur contest. As a result, Ashleigh was featured in the magazine’s November issue.

Recently, Ashleigh found out another bit of large news. She is one of 10 North Carolina high school and college student-teams selected as a finalist for N.C. State University's Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation. 

About 30 teams of high school and college students from across North Carolina submitted their innovative ideas. Students were chosen based on their community improvement ideas.

Finalists now have the challenge of producing videos explaining their ideas in more detail. The two winning teams will each receive a $5,000 grant to put their ideas into action. Chosen teams will be announced Feb. 11 at the Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh.