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PHS pupils pitch to panel of panthers

Grade 11 students from Pontiac High School got some first-hand entrepreneurial experience on May 4 when they pitched their business plans to a panel of local business experts. From left: Nolan Wrinn, Warren Derouin and James Connoly presented their idea for a board game café called QWERTY.
Grade 11 PHS student Rebecca Nugent pitched her idea for a creamery in the Pontiac region as part of a class on financial literacy.

CALEB NICKERSON
SHAWVILLE May 4, 2018
On May 4, grade 11 students from Pontiac High School (PHS) got a taste of the startup world as they pitched their business plans to a panel of dragons, er, panthers.
Teacher Jordan Kent explained that the students had been working on their pitches for three to four weeks as part of a new course on financial literacy that's been mandated province-wide. Working alone or in groups, they had to come up with a budget, calculate expenses and look at possible competitors in the local market.
“I think they put a lot into them,” Kent said. “They like that authentic learning experience.”

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