Virtual Victory for HS Business Students

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The high school’s International Business Globalization Career Academy students successfully participated in the preliminary event of the annual Virtual Enterprises International business plan competition, held on Jan. 15 at Farmingdale State College, earning a spot in the next round.

East Islip’s six-person team, known as VE Connected, included Haley Abesamis, Alaina Daly, Melissa Marra, Michelle Suter, Sean Touhy and Crystal Vessalico.

“These six students did an amazing job with their presentation and an outstanding job answering questions from the judges after the presentation was completed,” said Career Academy director Israel Malinowitzer. “These students had to do two presentations that day in front of two different groups of judges. Then the scores from the two presentations were used to decide which teams would move on to the next level.”

More than 40 virtual business firms competed this year for the top seven spots, seeking to move on to the semifinals at the American Portfolios Financial Services building in Holbrook. Of those seven, two will be chosen to take part in the final phase, the national competition on April 17.