Shana­han wins Ris­ing Starters event

17 Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia sec­ondary schools took part in in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

DOWN­ING­TOWN » Bishop Shana­han High School stu­dent en­trepreneur­s were hon­ored as first-place win­ners at the in­au­gu­ral “Ris­ing Starters” com­pe­ti­tion, hosted by Drexel Univer­sity’s Close School of En­trepreneur­ship.

This was a one-of-a-kind, re­gional en­trepreneur­ship com­pe­ti­tion for all 17 Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia sec­ondary schools, co­or­di­nated through the ef­forts of Sis­ter Mau­reen Lawrence Mc­Der­mott, IHM, PhD, Chief Aca­demic Of­fi­cer and Su­per­in­ten­dent of Sec­ondary Schools.

All 17 high schools of the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia were chal­lenged to hold com­pe­ti­tions among in­ter­ested stu­dents. Stu­dents de­vel­oped innovative busi­ness ideas and plans to suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment in a real-world en­vi­ron­ment. Bishop Shana­han High School had more than 40 teams com­pete in the first round of com­pe­ti­tion. Seven groups ad­vanced and pre­sented their plans to a panel of judges from School­yard Ven­ture, an of­fi­cial “Ris­ing Starters” part­ner. One team from Bishop Shana­han was se­lected to con­tinue col­lab­o­ra­tion with School­yard Ven­ture as they pre­pared for the Arch­dioce­san-wide com­pe­ti­tion. To­gether, they worked to iden­tify the key ar­eas and adopt best prac­tices of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. Bishop Shana­han fac­ulty pro­vided on­site sup­port to the stu­dent team lead­ing up to the fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion.

Drexel Univer­sity wel­comed the 17 teams from each of the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia high schools for the “Ris­ing Starters” pitch com­pe­ti­tion on Wed­nes­day with key­note speaker, Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys.

The teams were judged by pan­els of lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and leaders. Six semi-fi­nal­ist teams ad­vanced to the fi­nal round and pre­sented to a new panel of judges.

The Bishop Shana­han High School team, Faith Bu­sanic, Hai­ley Gib­son, Michael Skros, and Shaun Vas­sil, re­ceived the first place tro­phy and a $2,500 award to sup­port their win­ning busi­ness pro­posal. The win­ning team has been in­vited to spend a day on Drexel’s cam­pus in the Lau­rence A. Ba­iada In­sti­tute for En­trepreneur­ship where they will work with col­lege en­trepreneur­s.


Pic­tured, from left to right, are: Donna Marie De Caro­lis, Ph.D., found­ing Dean of Charles D. Close School of En­trepreneur­ship at Drexel Univer­sity; and Bishop Shana­han High School stu­dents from the win­ning team Faith Bu­sanic, Michael Skros, Hai­ley...

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