OBHS Students Win Big in the Business Leadership Competition
On November 30, Oyster Bay High School students from various business classes competed in the 14th annual Huntington Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Business Emerging Leaders Competition. There were multiple categories from which our students could choose to compete including Sports Management, Public relations, Hospitality, Not-for-profit fundraising, Public Relations, Graphic Design, Sales and Marketing, and Job Interviewing. Students as individuals or in pairs had a little over a month to prepare for the competition.
On the day of the competition, all competing students and OBHS Business Teacher Tara Beal went to St. Joseph's College in Patchogue where the students spent the day presenting their projects to the panel of judges, made up of a variety of industry professionals.
Following lunch, all 387 students and their teachers crossed the St. Joseph's campus to the auditorium where the winners were announced. As the categories were announced and the winners revealed, Oyster Bay had a lot to cheer about.
In the 9 & 10th Grade Interviewing Category, 10th Grader Brian Casey took second place and 9th Grader Marc Iocono took third place. Both students competed in the interview category for the position of assistant lifeguard at the Huntington YMCA. Both students prepared by participating in mock interviews in their Career and Financial Management class as well as practicing at home.
In the 11th & 12th Grade Interviewing Category, Nicole Ojeda earned third place. This is Nicole's 3rd year competing in this competition and her first time in the job interviewing category. She interviewed for a job as a sales associate at Value Drugs in Huntington. Nicole is also a student in the Career and Financial Management Class where she has practiced her interviewing skills. Nicole is a member and officer of the New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society.
In the Entrepreneurship Category, Sahill Yadav and Christopher Colvin competed as a team and took second place. Sahill and Chris have both taken multiple business classes which has prepared them for success in the area of Entrepreneurship.
The winners and their parents were honored on January 13 at a reception in Huntington where they received citations from two New York Assemblymen and had the opportunity to network with some industry professionals. Overall, it was an amazing experience well preparing the students for their futures.