The John Cooper School Wins 2nd Place

Upper School Students Develop Winning Business Plan
The John Cooper School is proud to announce three of our students competed in the U of H Think Tank Business Plan Competition. The group competed against ten other area teams and won 2nd Place. Beto Valenzuela, Tillie Claggett and Lucienne Moran accepted a $2,000 award.  

"The competition allowed us to truly understand what it takes to start a business, and that experience was invaluable,” said Beto Valenzuela, Upper School Student.
“We were so surprised about getting 2nd place! It’s awesome to know the pros believe our hypothetical business has real potential,” said Lucienne Moran, Upper School Student.

“I am so incredibly grateful for this opportunity to expand my breadth of knowledge about all things entrepreneurship and would like to thank the University of Houston and the judges and organizers for putting this event together during these trying times. I would also like to thank my teammates for all their hard work and our faculty sponsor, Donielle Albrecht, for the time and effort she contributed to making GUARDIAN a success,” said Tillie Claggett, Upper School Student.

The team submitted a business plan and received coaching and mentoring from the C. T. Bauer College of Business. For more details about the competition visit

From Curiosity to Wisdom
The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

The John Cooper School seeks to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff, and student body. The School does not discriminate against any individual in admissions, educational programs, personnel policies, general practices, or employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, physical disability, or age.