Hewlett High's virtual enterprise team finishes fifth


ROC Security, a virtual enterprise firm run by Hewlett High School seniors that “sells” residential, online, commercial and personal security products took fifth place at the 2017 Virtual Enterprise International Youth Business Summit in Manhattan from April 3-5. High school students from more than 40 countries took part in the summit as well as from Long Island, the state and the U.S.

Through the Hewlett High’s virtual enterprise program students create and run a business. They learn about human resources, accounting, technology, sales and marketing. The virtual enterprise class meets daily during the school week for two periods.

The business plan presentation team: Shana Bernstein, Elliot Breslav, Alex May, Harrison Poutre, Jonathan Samuni and Jake Zeidman participated in the national business plan competition on April 3.

“This was a great team effort by all members of the class as everyone in the class helped create the presentation,” Hewlett High School business teacher Ron Remick, said.

Lori Matza, Max Kelstein, and Sulaiman Hameed also competed in the global business plan challenge on April 5. They were placed on different teams with international students to present a case study to solve a problem for Chobani, an American yogurt brand.

ROC Security, made up of 12 Hewlett High Students, took part in the International Trade Fair featuring more than 200 firms from around the world on April 5. “The students enjoyed selling ROC Security’s packages and meeting students from different firms,” Remick said.

According to ROC Security’s mission statement, the firm works “to provide quality protection and safety to our customers whether it is at home, work, online or with our personal safety products.” ROC Security partners with real-world industry leaders including Lifewatch USA, Google, ADT, Stealth Technology and Simplisafe.

At the Long Island Trade Show in Farmingdale in January, the team captured first place for best TV commercial and top sales firm, second place for best business card, third place for best sales pitch and most enthusiastic firm.

Another student honor

Hewlett High School junior Leo Khazan was named a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholarship Program based on his SAT and ACT scores, and a nomination by science teacher Dr. Terrence Bissoondial through the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia.

Bissoondial said that Khazan is the first Hewlett student to earn this honor. Roughly 800 candidates are named semifinalists. The Commission on Presidential Scholars then picks up to 161 scholars who are honored at the National Recognition Program in Washington, D.C. in June.