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    OBHS 8th Graders go from ‘Shark Tank’ to College

  • Oyster Bay High School eighth-grade students and staff recently embarked on a three-day college tour that helped students better understand the goals they need to set for themselves throughout high school to make their college dreams a reality.

    In a motor coach bus, students and staff traveled to the University of Pennsylvania, The College of New Jersey and Rowan University in New Jersey and took a walking tour of each campus. To present themselves to these universities as one unified group, students wore T-shirts identifying themselves as Oyster Bay High School students. The process of creating the college trip T-shirt has become a “rite of passage” for this venture.

    Under the guidance of home & careers teacher Ms. Antonia Woodman, the eighth-grade students got busy weeks before the trip designing T-shirts and researching how to best produce them, keeping in mind price, quantity, quality and turnaround time. The best designs were presented in a “Shark Tank” format before administrators who served as judges. Working in pairs or individually, students stood before their peers and delivered Power Points presentations that showcased their designs and their business plan on how to produce them. Unrattled by the judges’ questions, students gave very informative and well-though-out answers that backed up their designs and their research. The winners of the "Shark Tank" competition, Elisia Gallo and Rachel Singer, designed a light heather gray shirt that featured the saying, “Life is a journey, not a destination” and the number 22 for the year their class will graduate high school. The pair wrote the piece below offering their perspective on their eighth-grade college trip experience.


    Written by Elisia Gallo and Rachel Singer

    The 2018 8th grade college trip was unlike any other. Whether it was having fun with our friends by doing all sorts of activities or touring Ivy league, private, and public colleges, we enjoyed every single second of it. We stayed at a marvelous hotel with a great breakfast buffet and we traveled in very high-end coach buses that brought us all the way from the Oyster Bay High School to Philadelphia and New Jersey. Although mother nature did not cooperate, it did not affect the overall experience of the college trip. We ventured to Dave and Busters, three colleges, the historic Eastern State Penitentiary, The Constitution Center, The Big Event Entertainment Experience, lunch at The City Tavern, bowling, and The Franklin Institute. On the second day of the college trip, all of the 8th graders and chaperones wore the college trip T-shirt that we designed, priced, presented, and sold. We went through a long process of constructing a shirt with an affordable price and a superior design until we found only the best one that we felt would be a suitable fit for everyone in our grade to wear. We did this with hopes we would win the "Shark Tank." The "Shark Tank" was the competition we went through against all of our peers to see whose shirt was the most suitable and would get chosen for our college trip. The judges informed us that there were three final shirts they had in mind, and it all came down to the paperwork we had worked on. After waiting a couple days to find out who the winner was, we were enlightened to discover that our shirt was chosen! The college trip was a success; we couldn't have asked for anything more!

    According to Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher, students also had the pleasure of eating in a dining hall at each campus to get that true college feeling. 

    “We visited The University of Pennsylvania and were thrilled to have a personal performance by the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club, which included a former Oyster Bay High School student,” she said.  “The trip was a great success and the students and their chaperones had a great time!”

    Oyster Bay High School Middle Level Assistant Principal Ms. Lara Gonzalez, who has attended the eighth- grade trip four times, added, “I love seeing our students in another context, especially on a college campus. During this year’s trip I was impressed by the questions our eighth graders asked while touring the colleges we visited and how independent and mature our students were in general.”

  • winner of the 8th grade shark tank competition

    "Shark Tank" winners Rachel Singer and Elisia Gallo with Middle Level Assistant Principal Ms. Lara Gonzalez.

     eighth graders present their t-shirt designs

    Rachel and Elisia present their T-shirt design during the "Shark Tank" competition.

    a student presents her t-shirt design

    An eighth-grade student answers a question from one of the judges during the "Shark Tank" competition.

    two boys present their design

    Eighth graders explain the reason why they chose a quote from Theadore Roosevelt for the back of their T-shirt.

     students outside a college campus

    Eighth-grade students pose for a photo at The College of New Jersey.

    students listen to a speaker

    Students get some valuable information on college life during their trip.




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