WEIRTON - More than 100 area high school juniors got a taste of the business world Wednesday through the annual High School Business Symposium held by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The all-day event, held at the Serbian American Cultural Center, included students from seven high schools across the Tri-State Area.
Throughout the day, students took part in exercises covering areas of business such as budgeting, marketing, product development, how to complete a job application and take part in the interview process.
"I think it was a good day," Weirton Chamber President Brenda Mull said. "It was a great group of kids."
The number of schools participating in the High School Business Symposium has been growing, adding students from Jefferson County in Ohio a few years ago, and including some Pennsylvania students this year.
"This is the first year we've had students from Burgettstown," volunteer Allison Boehm said.
FOCUS ON BUSINESS — Jason Exner, center, from Newbrough Photo, talks to students participating in Wednesday’s High School Business Symposium. Several local business representatives helped to facilitate activities during the annual event held by the Weirton chamber. -- Craig Howell
There were 111 students represented Brooke, Oak Glen, Burgettstown, Weir, Catholic Central, Madonna and Steubenville high schools.
The day culminated with an egg drop activity, where each group of students had to use what they had learned to design, build and promote a device to safely catch an egg without it breaking.
Mull said the event has been successful for many years and continues to draw a large group of interested students.
"As long as the kids enjoy it, we'll continue to do it," Mull said.
Students participating in this year's High School Business Symposium include:
Brooke High School: Austin Barnhart, Morgan Boocks, Lauren Bridley, Alec Buchmelter, Hannah Cebula, Marena Cline, Haley Dalton, Keith Donley, Teirria Duffy, Dristen Ewing, Melissa Graziano, Ryan Heaton, Patrick Hicks, Alexis Homol, Eric Johnson, Cory LeMasters, Nathan Morris, Valerie Peterson, Alicia Sims, Justin Taflan, Shelby Wade and Lindsey Willis
Burgettstown High School: Tyler Bonner, Monica Munsch, Christine Smith and Kristen Roy.
Oak Glen High School: Jakob Beilhart, Garrett Brown, Megan Collins, Anna Crawford, Joseph Doughty, Jachary Ellis, Clayton Flowers, Amanda Hayhurst, Randy (Cole) Holloway, Sydney Kell, Taylor Kincaid, Amanda Lively, Jennifer Lybert, Ethan Malcomb, Jennifer Mangano, Cory Martin, Emily Martin, James McDonald, Natali Ramsey, Abigail Sayre, Kaitlyn Smith, Jeffrey Stivason, Jaimee Szymanski and Abigail Tice
Weir High School: Emily Bertha, Matt Cessna, Matteo Collett, Tyler Conrad, Alex Creel, Micah DiBacco, Ryan Duke, Dominique Gilbert, Josh Groves, Kandace Haga, Gracen Hayes, Taylor R. Long, Anna Makricostas, Krisin Mastrantoni, Jenna Moore, Hailey McLaughlin, Kenny Muhart, Harry Olenick, Brandon Palmeri, Francesca Stewart, Kristin Tuell, Ashlee VanDruff, Alexis Virtue and Emily Zatezalo.
Catholic Central High School: Nicolette Bloomer, Robert Grandinetti, Mary Krivoniak, Aaron Mattioli, Marissa Molesky, Nathan Paulman, Bobby Sell and Rachel Shorac
Madonna High School: Amanda Best, Maddie Burchill, Julia Castelucci, David Cullinan, Amy Davis, Dylan Fenske, Gina Granato, Alan Green, Kirk Holmes, Quintin Hukill, Alexia Korth, Charlie Kotten, Katie Kramer, Sarah Mills, Dominic Notni, Taylor Pavan, Nicolette Sellitti, David White, Ali Yazbek
Steubenville High School: Anthony Craig, Mason Heatherington, Haley Knight, John Linn, Carly Moro, Patrick Pizzaferato, Sara Scott, Katie Silvia, Anna Vasich and Evan Westlake.
Area businesses who contributed to Wednesday's event included Fairfield Inn and Suites, Fort Steuben Mall, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Frontier Communications, Hancock County Savings Bank, Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union, Holiday Inn, James White Construction, Newbrough Photo, Serra Village, Starvaggi Charities, Tri-State Medical Group, Del. Ronnie Jones and the West Virginia University Extension Office.
Others who helped with the event are Brenda Anderson, of Image Zone; Jeri Andrews, of Brooke High; Joann Babela, Holiday Inn; Will Beaumont, Mountaineer Casino; Paula Boram, Rob Boram Construction; Allison Boehm; Grace Calvarese, Brooke High; Tom DeFallo, Tri-State Medical Group; Lynn Delekta, Hancock County 911; Jason Exner, Newbrough Photo; First Choice America credit union; Donna Gialluco; Ross Ivkovich, Steubenville High; Tim James, WCCED; Mary Kohelis, Brooke High; Tracy Lemley, Hancock County 911; Jude Lucas, Catholic Central High; Stephanie McVicker, Fort Steuben Mall; Kris Miller, Burgettstown High; Sue Miller, Tri-State Christian Academy; Elaine High-Kimmins, Weir High; Mike Koon, West Virginia Northern; Jim Emmerling, EM Media; Bill Moon, Frontier Communications; Kellie Morrow, Hancock County Savings Bank; Barb Owens, Fairfield Inn and Suites; Caroll Rosenlieb, Hancock County Savings Bank; the employees of Hancock County Savings Bank; Sheila Robinson, Oak Glen High; Carole Scheerbaum, WVU Extension Office; Marvin Six, Business Development Corporation; Bruce Marshall, Madonna High; Dave Whalen, WEIR Radio; and Rich Young, WV Your Way.
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