A year and two months ago, Zoom was still fairly unknown even though it was founded in April 2011.

Eric Yuan certainly couldn’t have predicted how much his company would take off in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic exponentially increased Zoom’s usefulness.

For two East Carter students to be a pair of only four selected to host an award celebration recognizing Yuan is quite a remarkable honor.

Yuan, the CEO and founder of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., earned the Reach the World’s 2021 Cronkite Award for Excellence in Storytelling.

McClain Dyer, a senior, and Brody Shearer, a freshman, hosted the celebration and even got to ask Yuan a question apiece.

Shearer said Yuan’s interests in math, engineering and businesses connected with him.

Dyer said Zoom and Reach the World enhanced his global knowledge and helped him apply knowledge he absorbed in the classroom to current events.

The Reach the World program has been an obvious benefit to East Carter students, based on what teacher Aundra Shearer indicated.

This latest opportunity helped put East Carter on the map in the eyes of the founder of one of the most successful companies in the world today.

This is more than just a nice accomplishment for Dyer and Shearer. It’s an experience they can carry with them and one that will help shape them as young men.

Fine job!

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