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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT At Hillcrest High School the BizTek’s Party Rockerz in the house tonight!

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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 10:30 am

The Virtual Enterprise class of the BizTek Small Learning Community of Hillcrest High School is set up as a business with each of the students doing a business activity for the company. This year the class decided to create a company called Party Rockerz, which offers make-believe, or virtual, party boxes filled with party supplies and decorations. The class has to advertise and sell their products.

After months of working and planning the company had to compete in a business plan competition. Virtual Enterprise companies in high school all over New York City had to write a business plan describing how they would function.The Queens competition took place in the Academy of Finance and Enterprise where breakfast was supplied. The team was nervous but persevered. The order of presentation was decided through a raffle, which made them more nervous. However, they realized that it didn’t matter because if they made the City Finals they were still winners for being there.

Through the competition the team members were able to practice important presentation skills such as making sure to make eye contact with judges and practicing how to stand correctly. Aside from all the practice, they also had some fun. They watched other schools present and got to see other firms just like their own team.

While some would be sad to say they made it to fourth place only, the team was content. For a new firm, new teacher, and a new group the class managed to beat schools which did not have these “disadvantages.” It is an interesting class to take. Ms. Wirth is the facilitator of the VE class. In the future there will be VE Trade Fairs in California and Europe where some Hillcrest High School students will sell their products.

Moot Court in the Hague

Senior Ashley Nelson, left, and junior Hadja Bah from the Public Service and Law Small Learning Community in Hillcrest High School just attended the International Moot Court Competition in the Hague, Netherlands. Seven New York City high school students represented the United States at the competition.

A Moot Court competition mimics a real-world court case concerning some individual or group, who committed a crime against humanity. Bah explained that after a year’s experience in Moot Court she and Nelson decided to try out for the competition and won.

Nelson competed as a defense attorney. She felt nervous but had spent so many hours practicing that she felt fine in front of the judges who heard the case during the final arguments. Bah competed as a prosecutor and felt it was a great experience being in the Hague. Overall they felt it was fun.

The case that was tried was about a fictional religious building and historic monument called The Tiger Circle. They had to prove that the site was a religious building and a monument and that an attack on the site caused widespread long-term severe damage to the natural environment. Mr. Mark Cichon, social studies teacher and Moot Court advisor and the students are in the Public Service and Law Institute, which is one of nine Small Learning Communities into which Hillcrest is divided.

The Hillcrest coach was Ari Kahn, Esq., a lawyer from the firm of Clifford Chance in Manhattan. They reached the finals, which meant they competed three times, for three days, for three hours each time and achieved second place in the competition.

Ms. Salima Kahn is the director of the Public Service and Law Small Learning Community.

For School Spotlight info:

call Lisa LiCausi, Education Coordinator,

at (718) 205-8000, Ext. 110.

Online go to qchron.com.schoolnews.

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