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Junior Achievers Pitch Their Projects

Tom Flanigan

Young entrepreneurs from Leon County's 5 public high schools were pitching their business ideas during the Third Annual Shark Bowl the evening of Thursday, April 26. The event at FSU's University Center Ballroom, was hosted by Junior Achievement of the Big Bend.

The 25 students were explaining their concepts informally before the actual competition. Lincoln High School's Raghad Hamad's idea lets you try on a store's clothing virtually using a phone app.

"Whatever item you pick it would just put on you as if you were wearing it without you having to take off your shirt or whatever you were wearing," she said.

FSU College of Business Dean Michael Hartline was one of the judges.

"I'm looking for truly creative and innovative ideas tonight to prove that the students really think outside the box," he said.

Jim English chairs Junior Achievement of the Big Bend.

"This is a chance for us to recognize students in Leon County," he said. "We have an amazing partnership with Leon County schools and we get to teach entrepreneurship programs in each of the high schools."

Up for grabs in the competition were $11,000 in scholarships and other prizes.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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