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“Clear Vision” Black Excellence and Empowerment Fair

Summary: Rainier Beach High School students spent time meeting with and learning from local Black entrepreneurs, business owners, and investors.

At the 2022 “Clear Vision” Black Excellence and Empowerment Fair, students at Rainier Beach High School spent time meeting with and learning from local Black entrepreneurs, business owners, and investors. This was the first event of it’s kind at the school and students were excited to gain insight from professionals who are passionate about their careers.  

“I’m excited about [the Black Excellence fair],” said Melodie Slaughter, Rainier Beach sophomore and Black Student Union President. “I’m excited for all the students to get to learn and make connections with the people who are here.” 

The fair hosted an array of businesses—from an ice cream shop, to clothing companies, and a fitness guru, doctor, and caterer, among many other professionals.  

“It’s all about empowerment,” Rainier Beach teacher Nicole Petty said. “We want our students to have a clear vision on what they want to do [in life]. This is really encouraging our students to not just have goals, but to understand the execution behind achieving them.”  

Local entrepreneur talks with students at a booth during Rainier Beach High School’s Black Excellence Fair.
Students at Rainier Beach High School's Black Excellence Fair meet with the owner of a Cream Cone in the school’s gym.
Black Student Union Organizer smiles at the camera while sitting posed next to a poster board with inspiring words on it.
Students at Rainier Beach High School's Black Excellence Fair talk with local business owner in the school’s gym.
Local clothing company owner speaks with students gathered around a booth at the Rainer Beach Black Excellence Fair
Students at Rainier Beach High School's Black Excellence Fair meet with local business owners
Student at the Black Excellence Fair talks with a doctor inside the Rainier Beach gym.
Entrepreneur in a purple sweatshirt talks with students next to a prize wheel at her booth at the Black Excellence Fair in the Rainer Beach gym.
Black Student Union organizers pose for a group picture at Rainier Beach High School's Black Excellence Fair, inside the school's gym

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