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Yonkers Students Finish At Top In Entrepreneur Contest

From left, Naryis Ramirez, Shimona Morgan, Fatlinda Krasniqi.
From left, Naryis Ramirez, Shimona Morgan, Fatlinda Krasniqi. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Two seniors from Lincoln High School Academy of Finance, Fatlinda Krasniqi and Naryis Ramirez, will participate in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship National Business Plan Competition on Oct. 9 in Silicon Valley, Calif.

Both students earned this opportunity by placing first at the NFTE Regional. Fellow student Shimona Morgan earned second place in the regionals. Krasniqi and Ramirez, who are from Kosovo and Colombia, respectively, presented a product called Lindnar, which is an avocado-based hair masque. The product is chemical-free and made from natural ingredients. “I remember having damaged hair and how it affected how I felt about my appearance,” said Krasniqi. Ramirez added, “We realized how bad all the chemicals we were using were for us and decided to create something that would not only give us financial profit, but the reward of knowing that we are helping females stay beautiful with organic products.” For Morgan’s second-place finish with her product “SM Apple Pops,” which are candied apples that can be designed to fit a party theme, she was awarded $600. During the regional competition, students had 8 ½ minutes to present their product and business plan in front of a panel of professionals. Lincoln High School’s Academy of Finance and NFTE have a developed business relationship, which helps students prepare for postsecondary study while participating in advanced-level and career-themed curriculums, job shadowing, internships and business development. “Not only do our students learn how to develop a business plan, but they also gain the experience of presenting it strategically in a professional environment,” said Lincoln High School Principal Ian Sherman. “That kind of educational opportunity is invaluable.” The school’s Academy of Finance director, Joanne Martselos, said, “In completing all facets of the business plan, NFTE allows students to explore and refine their identity as productive individuals, risk takers and entrepreneurs who can apply their learned skills to any future endeavor.”

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