Pirates Pitch Competition at Seton Hall University

Pirates Pitch Competition at Seton Hall University
Photo: Rosemary Stanchak at the SHU Pirates Pitch Competition

Pascack Valley High School is pleased to announce that RoseMary Stanchak, a senior, was awarded first place in Seton Hall’s fourth annual High School Pirates Pitch for her business idea of a cake pop bakery, Fresh Baked by Rosie. Stanchak, along with nine other high school entrepreneurs with startup ideas or fledgling businesses, selected from a field of nearly 250 applicants, faced off in a "Shark Tank" style competition sponsored by the Stillman School of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Seton Hall University.

Photo: Rosemary Stanchak with First Place Prize 
Photo: Rosemary Stanchak with First Place Prize

"The Pirates Pitch Competition was an amazing experience where I was able to share my business idea of a cake pop bakery with a panel of judges,” said Stanchak. “They were able to provide incredible feedback of what I need to make my business successful.”

Stanchak began baking as a hobby and now fulfills requests to bake for birthday parties, sweet sixteens, and other events. Her specialty is cake pops, her most often requested item. Stanchak packages her products with bows, stickers, and her own personal logo. Her instagram account, @freshbakedby_rosie, features photos of her beautiful, sweet treats.

As the first-place winner, Stanchak received a $2,500 cash prize plus a $2,500 annual scholarship to attend Seton Hall University. The event included a congratulatory reception on campus following the competition, where competitors met with corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs, having an opportunity to network and receive valuable advice for their start-ups.

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