Grace Kane, Business Leader in Training

Grace Kane, Business Leader in Training

Wantagh High School senior Grace Kane was selected to attend the LIU Post Entrepreneurship Academy this past summer, a weeklong program for high school students who plan on majoring in business in college. Grace was selected based on her plans to pursue a business career and for having demonstrated leadership and academic talent.

LIU Post’s Entrepreneurship Academy provided opportunities for Grace to attend entrepreneurship and leadership seminars, visit the Google corporate offices, give a Shark Tank pitch and receive one-on-one college and career mentoring. Grace said the academy taught her skills that will assist in her future business career and as CEO of the school’s Virtual Enterprise International team, Bagonizer, which sells bags with organizers for such uses as sports, technology and makeup. 

“I learned how to strengthen my public speaking skills, received great advice for the VEI firm, and practiced working with a team and competing,” Grace said. “I also learned how to start networking and have already made great connections.”  

The 15-member VEI team, advised by business teacher Nancy O’Connor, develops a virtual business from concept to implementation. The class is a real work environment and students assume business responsibilities based on their backgrounds and interests. As employees of a virtual business, students are held accountable for the company’s performance, conduct market research, develop a business plan, design an e-commerce website, pay wages and taxes, maintain 401(K) plans and draft an annual report. The team also has the opportunity to interact with 5,000 other VE firms from school districts locally, nationally and internationally.

As CEO, Grace intends on bringing the team to a national competition level, which has not been accomplished since the program developed at the high school in 2016. She also noted that she wants to instill “passion” in the team.

Grace is passionate about learning and is involved in an array of extracurricular activities, such as president of the National Honor Society, founder of the English National Honor Society, and member of both the National Business and World Language honor societies. She is also editor-in-chief of the Wantagh Warrior, a trustee of the Key Club, president of Fashion Club and a member of mathletes and the Class of 2021. Grace plans on majoring in business but also plans on ultimately becoming an attorney.   

The Wantagh School District congratulates grace on her position as VEI CEO and much success in the year ahead.