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Chesapeake Bay Academy Seniors Win Marlin Prestige Shark Tank

Thursday, April 28, 2016

First Wesleyan, then, the World. Chesapeake Bay Academy (CBA) Seniors Michael Delianides, Patrick McKneely and Isaac Rubin dominated last week at Virginia Wesleyan College’s (VWC) Marlin Prestige Shark Tank as the overall first-place winners. Their team, “Reel Bait”, paired the boys with three other VWC students in the Intro to Business course that CBA students are dually enrolled in as part of a new strategic partnership between VWC and CBA.

Team “Reel Bait” competed against five other teams composed of first and second-year college students.  The team’s winning invention, the “Reel Me,” was conceived by MAKE CBA student Isaac Rubin. The “Reel Me” is a GPS-guided fishing lure that upon detecting a school of fish connects to an app on the user’s cell phone to alert the fisherman.  The Shark Tank project required students to develop a product, conduct research on manufacturing, finance, patenting and marketing, and develop a comprehensive business plan.  Participating teams presented to a panel of judges consisting of area business owners, all VWC alumni. 

“In addition to serious bragging rights, this victory has given these young men an immense amount of confidence in their ability to succeed in higher education,” commented Dr. Jankowski, Chesapeake Bay Academy Head of School.  “To have successfully completed a college course before even graduating high school is a major accomplishment for any student. To win at this level demonstrates the incredible potential of students with learning differences when they are empowered to succeed.”

Entrepreneurship is a major initiative at Chesapeake Bay Academy.  The MAKE CBA Entrepreneurship Program and Makerspace was launched last fall and developed to provide students with the 6 C’s of a 21st Century Education: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Connectivity and Cosmopolitanism.  Empowering students with skills and self-confidence is at the core of the CBA mission. Congratulations to all the members of team “Reel Bait” for a job well-done!