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Shanahan High School wins the inaugural Rising Starters competition at Drexel University

DOWNINGTOWN >> Student students of Bishop Shanahan High School were honored as winners of the first place in the inaugural competition "Rising Starters", organized by the Close School of Entrepreneurship of Drexel University .

This was a unique regional entrepreneurship contest for the 17 secondary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, coordinated through the efforts of Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, IHM, PhD, Academic Director and Superintendent of Secondary Schools.

The 17 secondary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were challenged to conduct competitions among interested students. The students developed innovative business ideas and plans to successfully implement in a real environment. Bishop Shanahan High School had more than 40 teams competing in the first round of competition. Seven groups advanced and presented their plans to a panel of judges from Schoolyard Venture, an official partner of "Rising Starters." A team of Bishop Shanahan was selected to continue the collaboration with Schoolyard Venture as they prepared for the Archdiocese's competition. Together, they worked to identify the key areas and adopt the best business development practices. Bishop Shanahan's faculty provided on-site support for the student team prior to the final competition.

Drexel University welcomed the 17 teams from each of the high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the "Rising Starters" competition on Wednesday with the keynote speaker, Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxby's Coffee.


The teams were judged by panels of businessmen and local leaders. Six semifinalist teams advanced to the final round and presented themselves to a new panel of judges.

The Bishop Shanahan High School team, Faith Busanic, Hailey Gibson, Michael Skros and Shaun Vassil, received the first place trophy and a $ 2,500 prize to support their winning business proposal. The winning team has been invited to spend a day on the Drexel campus at the Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, where they will work with university entrepreneurs.

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