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September 21, 2018

Final OCAY League Competition Transforms Students into Budding Entrepreneurs


Student representatives from eight area school districts were tasked with developing a company that promotes Oswego County tourism as part of the fourth and final competition of the year for the Oswego County Academic Youth League.

The Sandy Creek Central School District received gold medals for first place in the final OCAY League competition of the school year. Pictured is Advisor Caitlin Urlacher with team members (in back) Sarah McDougal, Jay Ivison, Collin Reff, Jacob Cornell and Zach Halsey. In front: Anita Glenister, Josh Lococo, Molly Horth, Clarice Thibault and Lexi Goodnough.

The Sandy Creek Central School District received gold medals for first place in the final OCAY League competition of the school year. Pictured is Advisor Caitlin Urlacher with team members (in back) Sarah McDougal, Jay Ivison, Collin Reff, Jacob Cornell and Zach Halsey. In front: Anita Glenister, Josh Lococo, Molly Horth, Clarice Thibault and Lexi Goodnough.

Using Oswego County Tourism as their platform, students devised companies that promoted the county’s strongest resources, with each team creating their own company name and logo.

Promotional materials such as a tri-fold brochure and a 30-second commercial were also required.

Two team members from each school pitched their company idea to a panel of investors, similar to the business-themed show Shark Tank.

Students needed to persuade the group of investors in order to gain their trust, and financial backing.

Each school named their price, suppliers, and described how the loan would be used.

Receiving the silver medal is the team from Mexico. In back from left: Samantha McAuslan, Nick Higby, Kyle Hall, Jacob Delos and Advisor Bill Coughlin. In front: Sydney Ryan, Elizabeth Becker, Chloe Partrick and Natalie Scorzzeli.

Receiving the silver medal is the team from Mexico. In back from left: Samantha McAuslan, Nick Higby, Kyle Hall, Jacob Delos and Advisor Bill Coughlin. In front: Sydney Ryan, Elizabeth Becker, Chloe Partrick and Natalie Scorzzeli.

The challenge also consisted of four timed math quizzes, related to marking and business.

The commercial portion was presented as a live skit.

The advertisement needed to appeal to the company’s target audience and effectively endorse and define company goals in order to maximize profits.

In the end, gold was awarded to the team from Sandy Creek for their “Shark Tank Resort,” a $15 million venue that would feature an aquarium, live music and dinner theatre.

They would attract tourists to Lake Ontario by renting out jet skis and offer snowmobilers with special packages in the winter.

Silver was presented to the team from Mexico for “Lake View Tours,” a guided tour that would bus travelers to popular sites in Oswego County.

Capturing third place in the Oswego County Academic Youth League Shark Tank event is the team from Oswego High School. Team coach Kayley Morse is pictured with (back row) Garrett Dunsmoor, Joe Clavelli, Evan Davis, Lainey Celeste and Emily Hurlbutt. Front: Nina Alcasid, Tara Stacy, Mallory Gordon, Tory Welsch and Alex Kouthoofd.

Capturing third place in the Oswego County Academic Youth League Shark Tank event is the team from Oswego High School. Team coach Kayley Morse is pictured with (back row) Garrett Dunsmoor, Joe Clavelli, Evan Davis, Lainey Celeste and Emily Hurlbutt. Front: Nina Alcasid, Tara Stacy, Mallory Gordon, Tory Welsch and Alex Kouthoofd.

The schedule included a visit to Fort Ontario, lunch at Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In and stops at Mexico Point, Selkirk Shores and Salmon River Falls.

Bronze was awarded to the Oswego team for “Sunset Sails,” a sailboat tour company with the tagline “Keep Calm, Sail On.”

The OCAY League was organized in the spring of 1997 with the idea that academics merit a standing comparable to athletics.

Students’ academic skills are challenged and showcased in a wide variety of competitive events that emphasize scholastic excellence, team building, leadership and creativity.

A particular strength of the league is its emphasis on cooperative problem solving.

OCAY League is coordinated through Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services as part of the Gifted and Talented Programs cooperative services.

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