CVCC Hosts “Shark Tank” Competition for Local High Schools, Announces Winners

2016 High School Shark Tank2c Top 3 FinalistsCatawba Valley Community College held its second annual High School Shark Tank competition on May 17 on the College’s main campus.

 A takeoff on the popular ABC reality show, CVCC’s Shark Tank is sponsored by Duke Energy, the L.B. Lane Family Foundation, and the CVCC Foundation.  The competition provides local high school students with the opportunity to pitch a business idea to a panel of business leaders, promoting entrepreneurship and small business ownership to local students.

This year’s winner was Shannon McKean from Hickory High School, with her business idea, Don’t Sweat It.  The second place winner was Adrian Mora from Newton-Conover High School for his business idea called Filter.  The third place winner was Sean Wilson from Challenger High School with his Soaked Products business.  Each winner receives a cash prize, made possible through the support of the event’s sponsors.

Other finalists in the competition included the team of Casey Lum and Chris Cohens from Hickory High; the team of Caleb Stoots and Will Sides from Hickory High; the team of Jeremy White and Brian Yang from Challenger High School; and the team of Sunny Chang and Maggie Harris from Discovery High School.

The competition is an annual event open to all local high schools.  For more information or to participate in next year’s competition, contact the CVCC Small Business Center at