Business skills lead to scholarship

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A West Seneca West High School student’s business savvy earned him a $1,000 scholarship.

Chris Lucas took home the top prize in the regional Business Education Employability Portfolio competition.

The Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council/Buffalo Alliance for Education (NFIEC/BAE) held its annual “Commitment to Education” Awards Breakfast on May 1st at Templeton Landing. The award recognizes dynamic businesses and business professionals that partner with schools to foster student success.  In addition, students from area high schools were awarded scholarships based on the strength and presentation of their Business Education Employability Portfolio (BEEP).

Students compete among more than 20 area schools that participate in the BEEP portfolio.  Each school picks its top two students to compete, and over a two-day period, the students are reviewed by three interviewers who are members of the NFIEC/BAE business partners. The students must answer questions on how they understand the skills that employers want in their employees, and what the student has done to show that they possess that trait.  For example, a student must talk about how well they can communicate and examples of what they have done to showcase the trait.

Renee Day, a business teacher and Academy of Finance Counselor at WSW High School nominated Chris to be the News 4 Student Spotlight.

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