Putting Innovation and Student Success at the Top of our Wish List

Hopefully, all your shopping is complete for 2020, but let us give you a head start on that holiday wish list for next year: Consider a vibrating pillow designed to give you a better night sleep for a more productive day in front of the computer. While it isn’t actually in production (yet!) this was the winning idea submitted by Ramzi Latreche, a senior at Ygnacio Valley High School in California, for the inaugural  Wisecarver Innovation Award student design contest.


Students were tasked with creating something that would make it easier to learn virtually outside of the physical school building. Submissions included a 60-second video and any drawings, prototypes or concept designs that could help provide additional explanation.


Ramzi pulled from scientific studies on the importance of sleep for better productivity, and incorporated lessons learned in high school engineering courses, for his winning idea. Joseph Alvarico, Ramzi’s Engineering Pathway teacher, said, “Providing real-world experience for today’s youth can provide the basis for their success not only in academia, but also in their life-long careers.”


This fits with Bishop-Wisecarver’s long-term commitment of supporting local students and providing opportunities for them to succeed.


Bishop-Wisecarver President, Pamela Kan, summarized the inaugural award this way, “The design ideas generated from this contest were outstanding and clearly demonstrate the sheer talent and motivation of our diverse youth who will rise up one day and lead our companies and our world. Sometimes all they need is an opportunity and we are proud to be able to give that to so many students.”


And whatever is on your wish list this year or next, we at Bishop-Wisecarver hope your holiday season is filled with great memories and innovative ideas.




For more details on this award, you can read the full press release here.