On January 19, 2023, Legislator Leslie Kennedy joined the Smithtown Central School District’s Industrial Advisory Board to congratulate Sophia Giglio, Caileigh Harrigan, and Victoria Geyer for winning first place in the 28th annual Business Olympics.
“It is important to recognize the achievements of these young entrepreneurs,” said Legislator Leslie Kennedy. “These youths had a spirit of professionalism well beyond their years. I suspect many of the students I had the pleasure of interacting with are in for stunning careers. If we’re lucky, we might even get some of them as interns at the legislature.”
The Business Olympics is a district-wide competition, tasking students to create products, services, and marketing campaigns for the 21st century. Over 225 students competed on 50 teams seeking to place in the top 8 teams in the finals.
The first place winners won for the board game idea “Kindness Kraze” and the business plan associated with the game. The game is designed to improve mental health through complementary behavior.
The IAB members, which include members from the business community and teachers, act as judges for the business Olympics as well as other business school events.
At the same time, on January 19, students took part in several mock pitch events between seated, standing, and group networking settings. Students were given limited amounts of time to pitch themselves to mock employers.
Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy represents the 12th Legislative District, encompassing Smithtown, Nesconset, Hauppauge, the Village of the Branch, Lake Grove, parts of Commack, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma and Centereach. Legislator Kennedy was born and raised on Long Island, is a former nurse and small business manager, and has dedicated her life toward the betterment of our community. She currently serves on the following committees: Environment, Parks & Agriculture; Veterans & Consumer Affairs; Budget & Finance (Vice Chair); Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services & Preparedness; Education & Labor; Public Safety; Ways & Means (Vice Chair); and Health (Chair).