HVCHS Students Win Kean U’s School of Management International Business Plan Competition

Chosen out of over 100 other entries, Hopewell Valley Central High School students, Tori DeLisa and Audrey DeRusha, have tied for 2nd place as Kean University’s School of Management’s International Business Plan Competition winners.

The contest was developed to help students cultivate practical entrepreneurial skills including product development, public speaking and networking, according to the Kean University website.  The program aims to give students an opportunity to work directly with potential investors and enhance their understanding of what investors want to see in a business plan.

On February 23rd, the students presented their plan to several local entrepreneurs serving as judges, as well as all of Kean University’s business professors and marketing students. Tori DeLisa and Audrey DeRusha wrote and presented their own entrepreneurship plan that created an app to help high school students with researching college information.

Tori and Audrey shared that they gained of lot from this experience: how to successfully write a business plan, public speaking in front of about 100 people, and how to take feedback from judges again in front of a large audience.

They also had the the honor of receiving many compliments from professors who spoke to them in private after their presentation and congratulated them on how well they did, commenting how they outperformed a lot of the college students.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.


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