CDS Juniors are headed to International Pitch Competition
Parker & Pierson Jones

In a remarkable showcase of innovation and determination, CDS juniors Parker and Pierson Jones are set to participate in The Vermont Pitch Challenge, an esteemed international entrepreneur competition. Their journey to this prestigious event began with their involvement in the Future Health Professionals group (HOSA) at CDS, where they embarked on a mission to revolutionize healthcare delivery.

Encouraged by the HOSA club leaders, Ms. Sippy and Mrs. Lisa Esch, the Jones brothers entered HOSA's Medical Innovations competition, aiming to create a groundbreaking solution inspired by their father's struggle with bulging and herniated disks. Witnessing his limitations in mobility due to pain, Parker and Pierson envisioned a revolutionary titanium mesh spinal brace that could effectively stabilize the disks while allowing for greater freedom of movement.

Their project, born out of empathy and a drive to make a meaningful impact, secured third place at the regional HOSA competition, earning them a coveted spot at the state level. At this juncture, CDS upper school business teacher, Lindsay Montague, recognized the potential of their innovation and encouraged them to pitch their idea at The Vermont Pitch Challenge.

With only two weeks to refine their presentation and business model for the entrepreneur competition, the Jones brothers embraced the challenge with unwavering determination, sacrificing sleep in pursuit of their goals. Their efforts paid off when the finalists were announced on March 1st, revealing that they had not only secured a place in the top 5 but had done so amidst fierce competition from 150 teams of students representing seven countries and 27 states.

The entire CDS community, along with the Jones family, is brimming with pride and excitement as Parker and Pierson embark on this remarkable journey. While victory at the Vermont Pitch Challenge would be a monumental achievement, the true significance lies in the invaluable experience gained and the inspiration it provides for future endeavors. The Jones brothers exemplify the spirit of innovation and determination instilled at CDS, inspiring their peers and educators alike to push the boundaries of what's possible. 

Thank you to upper school faculty, Ms. Sippy, Mrs. Esch, and Mrs. Montague for motivating and encouraging the students. 

Read the Tampa Beacon's story on the brothers here.


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Photo by Andy Duback


4.5.24 UPDATE:

We are thrilled to share that Pierson and Parker Jones were named 2024 UVM Pitch winners. The Jones brothers' medical device "DiscGuard" garnered attention from the judges and stood out among hundreds of contestants to earn them 2nd place in the entrepreneurial competition. Beyond the cash prize they received, these CDS juniors have learned from top experts about how to write a business plan, create a compelling pitch, and achieve their goals. We are so proud of their dedication and accomplishment.