Future Business Leaders Receive Top Honors

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Students from East Meadow High School’s business department who participated in creating the CollegePro application earned a well-deserved first place honor and overall highest score of the day at the Nassau County Comptrollers’ Entrepreneurial Challenge. Held on March 29 at SUNY Old Westbury, this year’s competition was themed “Civic Association” and included the categories of social entrepreneurship and technology.

The CollegePro app compiles all the important information needed and/or utilized during the college application process in one place. It allows for ease of functionality, organization and specific customization as required by the end user. The organization is led by Chief Executive Officer Anusha Arora, Chief Financial Officer Matthew Owens, Chief Marketing Officer Chris Forrier, Natalie Schmidlin and Daniel Kaufman shared Vice President of Operations duties and Ryan DeRosa and Jarret Piccione acted as general counsel. 

Additionally, another group of students created a machine called “Drop Cycle” that would recycle “rigid” products of all types for rewards – an option that is currently limited to only plastic bottles. The students created a prototype using CAD and then utilized a conversion program to produce a 3D prototype of the product. This team earned second place in its category by impressing the judges with the product delivery. The company includes Chief Executive Officer Victoria Cuttone, Chief Financial Officer Alexis Caruso, Vice President of Operations Sammy Hauser, Chief Marketing Officer Leila Sayan, general counsel Nathan Brown and Anthony Valentin and Jolie Pavia on the administrative team.

At the end of the day, a “Shark Tank” playoff between the two first place teams in each category took place.  These teams went head-to-head for an overall first place trophy. The CollegePro team members achieved the top award of the day for their pitch and product.

“The district is thankful for the opportunity to showcase our student’s business and entrepreneurship abilities by allowing them to transition the skills they learn in our business classrooms to real world activities,” said Business Chairperson Toni McIntosh.