High School Students Win Scholarships

 The Norfolk State University School of Business recently held the Hampton Roads Business Communication Competition for high school students on the university’s campus.

Six student finalists, representing six school districts across Hampton Roads competed for scholarships and cash awards that will go toward their college of choice. The scholarships and cash prizes included a $10,000 first-place prize, $3,000, second-place prize and a $1,500 third-place prize. The money can be used for any college of the student’s choosing. Contestants had to demonstrate both written and verbal communication skills while addressing the impact that robotics will have on humanity.

The six finalists were Isabelle Araojo, Southampton High School; Madelyn Cohn, Gloucester High School; Brendan Cox, Smithfield High School; Noah Quick, Landstown High School; Jessica Shi, Jamestown High School; and Gabriel Williams, Poquoson High School.

The winners were: First Place –Madelyn Cohn (center), Gloucester High School; Second Place – Brendan Cox (right), Smithfield High School; and Third Place – Gabriel Williams (left), Poquoson High School.

Judges for the competition were:

  • Charmaine S. Curtis, Northeast Campus Recruiting, Americas Talent Team, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Susan Graham-Harrington, CRPS, Senior Vice President, The Veridical Group
  • Jim Hunt, Entrepreneur/Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University & Notre Dame Universit
  • Alfreda Mackie, CPA, EMBA, Program Director, Global Finance Capability Development, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Joe Murphy, Principal/National Tax Services – Transfer Pricing, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Maria Murphy, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, International Tax Services - Capital Markets

Alternate Judge (in the event of a need for tie breaker)

  • Christopher Batt, II, 2015 NSU Business Graduate, JPMorgan & Chase Co.