Buzz: Berry student’s idea wins $10,000 at Pitch contest. Bartow/Gordon District Attorney Samir Patel named to state safety board. Model pair wins oratory contest. Community Shred Days set (today, May 1).

Buzz: Berry student’s idea wins $10,000 at Pitch contest. Bartow/Gordon District Attorney Samir Patel named to state safety board. Model pair wins oratory contest. Community Shred Days set (today, May 1).

Dr. Stephen Briggs, Berry’s president, presents Darryl Delsoin with the $10,000 check following the 2021 Pitch contest. Berry photo.
A Berry College biochemistry major has won $10,000 for his idea that converts organic waste into biogas at the most recent entrepreneurship PITCH competition.
Darryl Delsoin, who is from Haiti, created a nonprofit organization called Resinab that focuses on converting organic waste into biogas in Haiti so families can have access to clean cooking fuel.  Delsoin, who is also general manager of Berry Student Enterprises Viking Strategic Services, says the nonprofit is sustained by proceeds from the sale of the fertilizer byproduct in the conversion process. He hopes this program will mitigate dependency on burning charcoal and firewood, which contribute to indoor air pollution and deforestation in rural Haiti.  With funds from the 2021 Pitch, he will expand his project with the installation of a second plant.
In the PITCH, a “Shark Tank”-like competition, students showcased their entrepreneurship ideas. Students could pitch their ideas in two categories – the services division and the goods division.
Other winners in the services category included Isabelle Rousseau, accounting major from Norwalk, Ohio, who earned second place ($4,000); Nick Fernandez, psychology major from Elberton, took third ($2,000); and Joaquin Bravo, management major from Atlanta, scored fourth ($1,000). 
In the goods category, Nancy Belle Hansford, communication major from Watkinsville, took first ($6,000); Brandon Bagley, music major from Calhoun, took second place ($4,000); Makenna Cooper, finance major from Fuquay Varina, N.C., earned third ($2,000); and Erika Sprecher, marketing major from Marietta, grabbed fourth place ($1,000).
The Center for Student Enterprises and Entrepreneurship Development’s PITCH competition was created three years ago in to develop creative ideas and showcase students’ entrepreneurial skills. Through this competition, Berry students had the opportunity to learn what innovation means and what it takes to advance an idea toward reality.  For more: Business

District Attorney Samir Patel also named to state Board of Public Safety. The appointment was announced by the governor’s office. Patel is the newly appointed District Attorney for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences and General Management from East Tennessee State University and a law degree from Georgia State University. Since 2010, Patel has served as Associate Attorney of White and Choate, in Cartersville, GA. Since 2017, Patel has also served as Municipal Court Judge of Euharlee, GA. Patel previously served as a Part Time Instructor at ITT Technical Institute in Kennesaw, teaching criminal law, constitutional law, and ethics. Patel was also an Assistant Public Defender in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit for five years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advocates for Children. Patel has previously served as president of the Bartow County Bar Association and the Bartow County Exchange Club. He has served as a High School Mock Trial Instructor and graduated from the Bartow County Chamber of Commerce Leadership program in 2014.

Pictured left to right: Sarah Grace Abernathy and Natalie Long.

The Noon Optimist Club announces that Sarah Grace Abernathy and Natalie Long are the two winners from the annual oratory contest; they placed first and second this past Saturday at the area level. Both are eight graders from Model. They will go on to district this coming Saturday in Tucker.

Community Shred Days:

  • Today: A contact-free, drive-through Community Shred Day is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at River City Bank. The event is free and limited to 10 boxes.
  • May 1: A free Community Shred Day is set for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 1, at Toles, Temple & Wright at 611 Turner McCall Blvd. The drive-through event is open to everyone, Realtor Heath Rogers is the onsite host. Five boxes per person. You will not need to get out of your vehicle.
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