Archbishop McCarthy High awards “innovators and job creators” in first annual business competition for students

Group shot is with DJ Laz, FOOTY, Alex Medina as the judges, student entrepreneurs and teachers Kim Zocco, John Anfuso and Ashley Andreas.
Group shot is with DJ Laz, FOOTY, Alex Medina as the judges, student entrepreneurs and teachers Kim Zocco, John Anfuso and Ashley Andreas.

Awards were presented Wednesday during the first “MAV TANK 2013” at the Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School iCatholicEd Center in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators.

First place ($500) went to Lorenzo Coelho Dos Santos with a hotel idea for Dubai. Second place ($250): Will Pernas with Soundboard, a skateboard featuring a wireless sound system. Third place ($125): John Zarrilli and Joseph Perez with Sigma Systems, an Internet security company.

The event was organized by Kim Zocco, of Archbishop McCarthy High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Business Technology Department, and John Anfuso, an Archbishop McCarthy High School economics teacher.

“Our young people have new ways of thinking. They create new ideas and give old ideas new life all of which will end up impacting and growing our economy,” Zocco said.

Zocco’s business management courses include business projects and a ‘how to’ develop professional business plans for potential investors.

Anfuso came up with the idea of “MAV TANK” as a way to expose the business plan concept to a greater population of the student body, rather than limiting it to those students taking elective business courses.

“We wanted to involve the students on a cross curricular level to show how businesses and entrepreneurship are a part of our everyday life,” said Zocco. “The people who launch start-ups bring ideas to life, the economy thrives and the community benefits. The purpose of MAV TANK is to inspire, educate and empower our students to become innovative entrepreneurs and global leaders of the 21st century.”

Students and teachers across all departments worked to bring MAV TANK to fruition. The theology department helped with the moral and ethical issues; the fine arts department helped with the graphics, design and TV production for a commercial; and the English department with editing.

In addition to student judges, local celebrity judges were South Florida radio personality DJ Laz, veteran South Florida radio celebrity John “Footy” Kross, and Alex Medina, the Sawgrass Ford Finance and Marketing manager.

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