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High School's Entrepreneurial Challenge

The Oyster Bay High School Library was a packed house on Wednesday, March 26, for an introduction to the second annual Nassau County Business Development challenge. Sponsored by County Comptroller George Maragos’ office, the contest involves 200 business students from across the county competing for scholarships and prizes from various sponsors. Students will work in teams pooling their most innovative and brilliant ideas together to showcase mock business plans for the redevelopment of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Plaza.

“We want to see these students’ brilliant ideas and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Maragos. “I am very excited to hear all of their final plans at our special presentation event on April 9 at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Legislature Building.”

Oyster Bay High School Business teacher Tara Beal said that she has a total of 26 students working in three teams involved in the Challenge.

“My students have been working for a month, learning the parts of a business plan, doing a ton of research, putting together the statistical data, focusing on their target market and working on their pitch,” said Beal. “For our students to be able to conceptualize a successful business idea, create a full-fledged business plan using actual data and statistics and then present it to a panel of individuals who are industry professionals is unparalleled.”

One of those students is 11th-grader Lia Kakoulidis, who is familiar with the process after competing in last year’s Comptroller’s Challenge.

“Last year’s experience expanded my knowledge of the business world, taught me how to work coherently in a group, improved my presentation skills and provided me with the necessary abilities for success in my future,” said Kakoulidis. “In my second year I’m going to help to guide my team with this knowledge.”

One of her new teammates is Dana Galgano, who said that she hopes her team’s ideas for new businesses come to fruition to benefit the people of Nassau County.  

“This challenge has taught me about leadership, organization and communication,” said Galgano. “It is an exciting opportunity to create what we feel would be a successful business in our community.”

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dennis O’Hara, who was at the introductory event, said that the Challenge incorporates many aspects of learning and growth.

“It inspires creativity in student learning, helps them function as a team and these skills that they learn are transferable throughout their future,” said O’Hara.

In the competition, which takes place on April 9 at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Legislature Building in Mineola from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., students will have 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their business plan is feasible and would be successful at the plaza of the new Nassau Veteran’s Coliseum.

“The development around the Coliseum will be one of the largest projects in the county,” said Maragos.“The Challenge will provide students with an exciting opportunity to come up with innovative and youthful business ideas.”

Winning prizes will include $10,000 scholarships to Hofstra or Adelphi Universities and cash prizes from various agencies including Healthplex and Jzanus Home Care.

News

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Movie: Godzilla

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Sept. 26

Plein Art Competition

Saturday, Sept. 27



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