Inspiring Innovation

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Creative inventions and ideas developed by budding entrepreneurs at Bayport-Blue Point High School were on display during the first Phantom Challenge event. Structured after the hit television show “Shark Tank,” the students pitched their ideas before a panel of judges and answered challenging questions about how their idea or business plan would impact today’s society.

Eight students took part in the inaugural event, showcasing inventions such as a translating application that works with a wireless device to assist individuals in learning a foreign language interactively, a camera that aims to catch hit-and-run drivers or car vandals in the act, and even a two-sided spreadable food jar.

The first-place winner was Garrett Fillorama for his Crash Cam project, second place was given to Ryan Ball and Emily Larsson for their project Snake Senter, and third place was awarded to Ahran Kilmeade for his project Kilmeade’s Koffee. The students were awarded scholarships in the amount of $750, $500 and $250, respectively.

The event was sponsored by the Vinny Perri-Mike Marchan Scholarship Committee, the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce, the Bayport-Blue Point High School Store and the Bayport-Blue Point School to Business Partnership. Monetary scholarships were offered to the top three winners by the Vinny Perri-Mike Marchan Memorial Scholarship.

The following students participated in this year’s Phantom Challenge: Ryan Ball, Chelsea DeJean, Liam Driscoll, Garrett Fillorama, Ahran Kilmeade, Emily Larsson, Luke Rhodes and Matthew Tillinghast.