WEIRTON - Nearly 120 local high school juniors got a peek into the business world Wednesday as part of the Dr. Barbara A. Matey High School Business Symposium, offered by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The event, held at the Serbian-American Cultural Center, included students from seven area high schools - Brooke, Oak Glen, Weirton Madonna, Weir, Burgettstown, Indian Creek and Steubenville - and provided lessons on budgeting, marketing, job interviews and other business skills.
It was renamed this year in memory of Matey, who died in 2013, in recognition of her many years organizing the program.
Throughout the day, students are taught about the importance of budgeting, tips for completing a job application and participating in a job interview, and marketing techniques.
They then use those lessons as part of a competition to design a specialized product, with the winner being determined, in part, by the amount of time taken and the cost of materials used.
"They create their own company and develop a marketing plan," Chamber President Brenda Mull said.
SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM — Close to 120 juniors from seven local high schools spent Wednesday learning about the business world as part of the Weirton chamber’s Dr. Barbara A. Matey High School Business Symposium. -- Craig Howell
WINNING TEAM — Members of the winning team from Wednesday’s symposium are, from left, facilitator Ed Powell; Jonathan Fedoush, of Weir High; Dante Rosso, of Brooke; Sierra Porter, of Steubenville; Morgan Duerr, of Madonna; Matthew Lyons, of Madonna; Taylor Allison, of Oak Glen; and Hayley Yeater, of Oak Glen. Each group had to design a product and create a marketing plan as part of the day’s activities. -- Craig Howell
Students are divided into groups during the day's activities, receiving advice from facilitators from the local business community.
"They really get into it. They do a great job," Patty Soplinski, chamber programs coordinator, said.
Each group presented their marketing proposal, including a banner with their company's name and slogan, before demonstrating their product, known as an "egg collection and protection device."
Students registered to participate in the Dr. Barbara A. Matey High School Business Symposium were:
Brooke High: Amber Adams, Christina Altobell, Lauren Altobell, Cole Armstrong, Eve Barnhart, Josey Beaver, Maddison Carroll, Brooke Clark, Loghan Cline, Natalie Fowler, Heath Hildreth, Steven Johnson, Kourtney Koscevic, Jentzen Kowcheck, Michael Kurcina, Mega Lees, Mario Lombardi, Hannah Pauls, Isabella Preston, Dante Rosso, Kylie Royal, Samantha Smith, Angela Staffileno
Oak Glen: Taylor Allison, Nathanial Bennett, Kayla Campos, Lonna Cline, Bryan Congo, Marissa Davis, Emmy Delekta, Brianna Evans, Erin Fields, Brianna Hawken, Morgan Hertzler, Madison Kranis, Christen Mangano, Felicity Nolder, Zack Rhodes, Breydi Shenton, Brennan Smith, Alyson Snow, Haley Spurlock, Jacob Stipec, Jessica Stivason, Devon Temple, Nicholas Tice, Cody Waggoner, Hayley Yeater
Madonna: Mia Antinone, Hannah Bargar, Anthony Basil, Kaelyn Canei, James Carnes, Austin Connell, Christian Dangleo, Hunter DiBartolomeo, Cameron Dowiak, Morgan Duerr, Anne Frankovitch, Kacey Glaspell, Rachel Grubbs, Gabrielle Kotten, Matthew Lyons, Annie Magnone, Nick Mazur, Maria Mazzone, Aubrey Platek, Amanda Pulice, Paden Raymond, Spencer Setcavage, Alexis Taylor, Carly Wilson
Weir: Jordan Barney, Grace Dague, Markelle Dilullo, Jonathon Fedoush, Kristian Fuchs, Lavielle Hall, Matthew Hartman, Cheyenne Johnson, Dylan Keyes, James Kikilidis, Austin Paul-Orrecchio, Jacob Pino, Abbey Pratt, Roxana Railinshafer, Christine Robinson, Alexis Rys, Sierra Schoolcraft, Samantha Tate, Matthew Urbowicz, Anthony Veltri, Hayden Vida, Brendon Wade, Christopher Wood
Burgettstown: Jeremy John, Ryan Latkovic, Hunter Lecker, Kylee McConnell, Alexa Sabo
Indian Creek: Chris Carr, Abby Greco, Kaleb Knowlton, Mitch Porter, Maddie Rees, Cole Recinella, Eric Renzelli, Brooke Spence, Jacob Sutton
Steubenville: Robbie Agresta, Izzie Biasi, Zach Burch, Jason Criss, Bradley Newburn, Kasey Peterson, Alyssa Potenzini, Sierra Porter, Mary Simon, Taylor Young.
Sponsors and contributors included Aaron's of Weirton; ArcelorMittal USA; Domino's Pizza; First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union; Fort Steuben Mall; Franciscan University of Steubenville; Hancock County Savings Bank; Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union; HDR Engineering; Holiday Inn; MazurKraemer Business Law; McDonald's; McDonnell Chiropractic; Project BEST; Robinson and Son Construction; Starvaggi Charities Inc.; The Weirton Daily Times and Herald-Star; Wilson, Kozicki & Gwynn PLLC; Delegate Ronnie Jones; and the West Virginia University Extension Office.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)