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Lancaster student wins business plan contest

Joseph Pesany, a Lancaster High School student, won first place in the eighth annual Junior Achievement Business Plan Challenge last week in Orchard Park.

Thirteen teams from six area schools competed. Pesany won with his design idea for an automated external defibrillator small enough to be carried in someone’s pocket. Pesany, himself a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, won a $2,000 scholarship from Delta Air Lines.

Michala Alessandra won second place and a $1,000 scholarship provided by John Hettrick Jr. of WSF Industries, and Gurlin Kaur took third place and won a $500 scholarship from Junior Achievement of WNY’s board of directors. Both are Amherst High School students.

The entrants worked with teachers, mentors and Junior Achievement volunteers from the business community to create their plans, and presented them to a panel of judges.