Teen Entrepreneurs Get 1st Place in Virtual Business Competition

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY – Teen entrepreneurs in Westhampton Beach recently scored a major victory in a virtual business competition.

Westhampton Beach High School’s virtual business team, Opal, outperformed teams across the country, winning first place in the National VE Business Plan Competition, held at the United Federation of Teachers in New York, a declared the Westhampton Beach Union Free School District.

They and three of their virtual business peers also took third place in the nationwide Quickbooks competition, the district said.

To claim first place in the business plan competition, the Westhampton Beach team – made up of Avery Allen, Brooke Bertorello, Jessica Dunn, Gavin Ehlers, Valerie Finke and Bridget Lopez – competed against 1,243 teams from across the states -United.

“When Opal was announced as the first place winner, our team was thrilled,” said VE teacher Amy Demchak. “I can safely say that this was the highlight of my students’ senior year and a memory we will all treasure forever. I am so proud of this amazing team and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this brilliant group of young entrepreneurs.”

Team Opal’s virtual business plan focused on an online thrift store aimed at mitigating the harmful effects of fast fashion on the environment while giving new life to pre-loved clothes, the district said.

“Opal embraces the shadow economy, enticing shippers with its upfront payment method,” the district said.

In addition to Team Opal winning first place, Virtual Enterprise students placed third in the national county Quickbooks competition and were finalists in human resources and marketing competitions.

Students who won the award included: Brooke Bertorello, Gavin Ehlers and Valerie Finke, for QuickBooks; Avery Allen, Abbie Jarzombek and Bridget Lopez, for marketing; and James Daniels, Jessica Dunn and Mason Sattler, for human resources.

Westhampton Beach High School’s Virtual Business Business Program requires students to create a business concept and formulate plans to market their vision; students compete and showcase their plans at several events and competitions throughout the year, the district said.

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