Molloy helps teens hone business skills

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In the stock trading program, students used candy bars to represent stocks. In the marketing competition, students studied the techniques used in advertising – from product colors to target audience – and storyboarded their own idea for a commercial. The final day is the student presentation.

“The student presentation is the final and most important because it can re-emphasize the fact that being able to speak publicly and having the ability to talk to others is really, really important,” Goez said. “If you can’t do that, it’s going to severely limit your ability to grow professionally.”

In the presentations, students are given a problem – such as a social ill or whether to buy stock in a business – and they have to investigate the issue and present a solution in front of a panel.

“It’s a great opportunity, not many students get an opportunity like this,” said Emily Leone, 17, of Plainedge High School. “It’s a great experience, I really enjoy it so far.”

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