On Thursday April 8, 2021, fifteen high school students from two area high schools pitched five ideas in Junior PioBiz Competition. The competition was delivered in a webinar format. Each competing team was given up to 3 minutes to pitch, followed by a 3-minute Q&A with four judges. The top five projects were determined by adding up the judges’ points to the webinar participants’ points.

The competition judges were:

  • Nikki Butler MC'99, Artist and Founder of Nikki Butler Design.
  • Hannah McKain MC’23, Marketing & Management Major, Entrepreneurship and Legal Studies Minor, Marietta College.
  • Sara Rosenstock, Associate Professor at Marietta College, Co-owner of justAjar Design Press.
  • Leah Seaman MC’21, Communication & Studio Art Major, Artist and Owner of ArtaBella, Winner of Round 3 of 2019-20 PioBiz Competition, Marietta College.

After the competition, Dr. Khorassani visited the area high schools to present the awards to the winners

Competition managers, judges, and three of the five competing team

Picture above: Competition managers, judges, and three of the five competing team.

Dr. Khorassani presented the first-place award to Sophia Nayak from Veritas Classical Academy for her “Medicompare” project.

Picture above: Dr. Khorassani presented the first-place award to Sophia Nayak from Veritas Classical Academy for her “Medicompare” project.

Dr. Khorassani visited Belpre High School to present the second-place award to Evan Vowls, Alivia Mercer and Wyatt Whitehouse for their “Instrufinder” project.

Picture above: Dr. Khorassani visited Belpre High School to present the second-place award to Evan Vowls, Alivia Mercer and Wyatt Whitehouse for their “Instrufinder” project.

Dr. Khorassani visited Belpre High School to present the third-place award to Nichole Gogan, Victor Vilahur, and Elijah Flowers for their "Ouickassist” projec

Picture above: Dr. Khorassani visited Belpre High School to present the third-place award to Nichole Gogan, Victor Vilahur, and Elijah Flowers for their "Ouickassist” project.

Dr. Khorassani visited Belpre High School to present the fourth-place award to Nicholas Lambert, Anthony Sampson, Matthew Rasmussen, and Evan Turrill for their project “Restaurant Rater”

Picture above: Dr. Khorassani visited Belpre High School to present the fourth-place award to Nicholas Lambert, Anthony Sampson, Matthew Rasmussen, and Evan Turrill for their project “Restaurant Rater”.

Dr. Khorassani visited Belpre High School to present the fifth-Place award to Christopher Clem, Trent Cox, Cody Daugherty and Cody Hess for their project “Project Mask On”.

Picture above: Dr. Khorassani visited Belpre High School to present the fifth-Place award to Christopher Clem, Trent Cox, Cody Daugherty and Cody Hess for their project “Project Mask On”

The Junior PioBiz Competition is open to all high schools. For more information, email entr@marietta.edu