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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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