Prospective pirates pitch their plans

The deadline for the local high school student competition Pirates Pitch, one of the initiatives SHU has implemented to foster success with students before entering college, arrives Oct. 25.

The Stillman School of Business Center for Entrepreneurial Studies launched the Pirates Pitch in September.

The competition allows high school students to think entrepreneurially by sharing their business ideas and having a chance to win a cash prize and scholarships to attend Seton Hall University.

Over 200 applications have been submitted from students nationwide, one a notable application from a student in Zimbabwe.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies “has a responsibility to help fan the ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ with students who are headed to college,” said Susan Scherreik, the director of the center.

Scherreik said there are strong responses to the competition from students not just in the region, but all over the country.

“Based on what we have seen so far, we will make it an annual event,” she said.

An additional program that works closely with high school students is Seton Hall University Model United Nations (SHUMUN). SHUMUN hosts an annual two day conference for local high school students where they participate in high speed debate, resolution composition, and crisis management.

Geoffrey Thomulka, president of Model United Nations, said SHUMUN hosts the event “because (they) want to give local high school (students) the opportunity to come together to network with other students and give them a chance to share their passion with others.” Their goal is to try to “facilitate (the event) for students to hopefully get them excited about continuing Model United Nations in college,” Thomulka said.

Seton Hall’s Center for Community Research and Engagement (CCRE) also works with high school students, as well as younger students, to encourage and support them to work towards a successful future.

CCRE coordinates the activities of Seton Hall University as it implements service learning and community-based research on campus. Audrey Winkler, director of CCRE, said its “primary goal is to encourage service to the community.”

CCRE’s core curriculum program, Winkler said, includes about 400 freshman students who volunteer in the fall semester each year to help youth and the community in after-school programs, child care centers, teen centers and middle and elementary schools.

“We have countless examples of young students who have literally turned their lives around, because our students have provided them with the attention and mentoring that helped them succeed,” Winkler said.

“This experience is valuable, because these children do not often see themselves even able to finish high school.” She added.

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