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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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