Business Ideas Earn Scholarships for Depew High School Seniors

Depew High School senior Mercedes Jackson took top honors for her business idea, "Afro-Sooth" to earn a $2,500 scholarship at the Junior Achievement Business Plan Challenge.

The ninth annual competition brought 15 teams together at Bryant & Stratton College in Orchard Park on May 18.

Seniors Mitch Becker and Josh Olewniczak took third place overall with their business, "UNDEAD," a solution to "rage quitting." Mitch and Josh each received a $500 scholarship for their efforts.

The students, who are enrolled in the DHS Business Department entrepreneurship class, worked all year to create and develop a detailed business plan, which included a marketing analysis, a SWOT analysis, financial forecast, insurance information, and much more. They also conducted market research, created business cards, website, and a "Shark Tank"-like sales pitch, which they used to present to the judges panel of local businessmen and women from the community.

Pictured (l to r) are Josh Olewniczak, Mitch Becker, Mercedes Jackson and Business Teacher Eileen Cartonia.