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Delivery company deemed best project at entrepreneurship competition

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Seniors Danny Gritt, Sophia Cacioppo and Justin Zotos stand as they are applauded by entrepreneurship teacher Daniel Vesper.

Seniors Danny Gritt, Sophia Cacioppo and Justin Zotos stand as they are applauded by entrepreneurship teacher Daniel Vesper.

Joshua Irvine

Joshua Irvine

Seniors Danny Gritt, Sophia Cacioppo and Justin Zotos stand as they are applauded by entrepreneurship teacher Daniel Vesper.

Joshua Irvine

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A team of seniors have emerged with $500 – and the path to an even greater sum – after the entrepreneur class’ competition last night at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Mama Bear Delivery Company, created by seniors Sophia Cacioppo, Danny Gritt, Justin Zotos, and the late Nick Spaid, was selected by a board of judges as the best project of the six chosen to present by teacher Daniel Vesper. The board included Village of Arlington Heights mayor Tom Hayes, Picket Fence Realty owner Sue Dechek, Hersey principal Gordon Sisson and INCubatoredu (an organization working in collaboration with the enterpreneurship class) member Jessi Chartier.

Mama Bear, a web service supplying and shipping customizable care packages to college students, defeated projects including a drone photography service created by seniors Arthik Patel and Troy Fischer and a travel application conceived by juniors Anna Brzezicki and Olivia Glowacka. The group will compete again on Monday, May 22 at Forest View.  There they will face off against five other projects selected from other District 214 school for a prize sum of $1000.

Gritt summarized the preparation for their presentation to the board of judges with a humorous anecdote. “I had all my [track] teammates and coaches quizzing me while we were running,” Gritt said.

Cacioppo was enthusiastic about their chances at the upcoming district-wide competition, citing the numerous sales Mama Bear had already made through their website. “We haven’t heard anything about sales for other companies,” Cacioppo said.

Their mentor, media company owner Brian Sly, was simply appreciative of their success. “I’m pumped,” Sly said.

The group will spend the next week preparing for the district competition. “I’m gonna get pants without pockets,” Gritt said, referencing his habit of putting his hands in his pockets during the presentation.

The group also made plans to design t-shirts for the company, much to the concern of Vesper. “I’m worried you’re gonna be focused on a fricking t-shirt for the rest of this,” Vesper said, joking with his students.

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