Business Savvy Students Present at Trade Show

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Lynbrook High School students in Dr. Benedict Tieniber’s virtual enterprise class recently traveled to Long Island University to showcase their company “Checkmate” at the annual Long Island Regional Conference and Exhibition. 
The trade show provided the students with an opportunity to network and showcase their company to other Long Island firms. Lynbrook High School students pitched “Checkmate” to fellow students and judges in the LIU gymnasium, ultimately racking in $241,000 in sales. 

“The entire day was extremely beneficial,” said senior and Co-Chief Communications Officer Alex Sylvia. “Speaking with other companies and making sales not only helped our current company, but it also gave us insight into the business world to prepare us for our futures.” 

The main event of the day involved six dedicated Lynbrook students who gave an oral presentation on their business plan in front of four judges. After rehearsing for more than a week in front of numerous administrators and dedicating a significant amount of time out of class, the presenters performed very well. 

“I am beyond proud of my entire team,” said senior and Chief Executive Officer Jane Hoeflinger. “We all came together and quite honestly nailed that presentation. It was very rewarding to see all of our hard work pay off.” 

The results of the presentation are still pending and will not be released until Jan. 29. Out of more than 100 firms who participated that day, only five will be chosen to move on and be awarded the opportunity to present again in April.  

Aside from the trade show and business plan presentation, “Checkmate” has seen much success in its early months of development. The company has ranked in the top 200 virtual enterprise firms for the period ending Oct. 31, 2019 and are on track to continue to fulfill that role which will be posted in the beginning of February.