MANVILLE, NJ - A "Shark Tank"-inspired competition featuring 18 Somerset County students grades 7-12 will take place at the Manville Library Friday, May 19 from 7-9:30 p.m.
Among the competitors is Vraj Thakar, an 11th-grader at Hillsborough High School.
The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s second Teen Tycoons entrepreneurial competition will involve a one-minute presentation (without props, slides, or any other supporting materials) to a panel of judges who are looking for original business concepts and/or new variations of an existing business concept.
Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners.
“This is the second year we will be offering this program and I am very excited we have opened up the program to 7th and 8th graders,” said program coordinator Cathy DeBerry. “It it clear by this year's registrations that the entrepreneurial spirit is not limited to any age.”
SCLSNJ Teen Tycoons participants, in alphabetical order by last name, include:
Aidan Allman-Cooper, grade 9, Watchung Hills high School;
Jagdeep Bhatia, grade 9, Watchung Hills Regional High School;
Brianna Broderick, grade 11, Academy for Health and Medical Sciences (SCVTHS) with Madison Hill-Glover, grade 11, Academy for Health and Medical Sciences (SCVTHS);
Anusahana Chandrashekar, grade 10, Watchung Hills Regional High School;
Ethan Dietzman, grade 10, Bridgewater-Raritan High School;
Gabriel Garcia, grade 12, Bound Brook High School;
Swas Goel, grade 8, French American School of Princeton with Tanish Jain, grade 7, Montgomery Upper Middle School;
Niharika Iyer, grade 9, Watchung Hills Regional High School;
Pragadeshwar Kalatheeswaran, grade 7, Raritan Middle School;
Oliver Matta, grade 9, Bridgewater-Raritan High School;
Samantha Osborne, grade 7, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School;
Harshita Ramakrishnan, grade 10, Bridgewater-Raritan High School;
Flabia Recinos, grade 11, North Plainfield High School;
Vraj Thakar, grade 11, Hillsborough High School;
Jose Torres, grade 12, Bound Brook High School;
Daniel Zeng, grade 7, Warren Middle School.
The Manville Library branch is located at 100 S. 10th Ave. in Manville, 08835.
This competition is sponsored by Office Evolution, Somerville. For more information, contact DeBerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.