Cardinal Newman’s ‘Crusader Tank’ A Hit

Cardinal Newman High School’s Young Entrepreneurs Club recently hosted its “Crusader Tank” — a spinoff of ABC’s TV show Shark Tank.

The 11 participants — Joe Barbusio, Andrew Morgan, Cristina Silvester, Melanie Kelly, Rachel Mastics, Cassidy Zylis, Ameein Martin-Preston, Olivia Thompson, Marcela Vega and Camellia DeJesus — pitched eight ideas to the panel of judges in hopes of winning cash prizes.

The panel of judges was made up of prominent members of the community, including Miralda Gingrich, Linda Tate, Krissy Webb and Buck Martinez.

The first-place winner awarded $500 and a Cardinal Newman yearbook was senior Marcela Vega. The second-place winners awarded $200 were seniors Andrew Morgan and Joe Barbusio. The third-place winner awarded $100 was junior Brooke Williams. The fourth-place winner and recipient of both Chick-Fil-A and PDQ gift cards was sophomore Cassidy Zylis.

The Young Entrepreneurs Club has already begun planning next year’s event.

ABOVE: Senior Marcela Vega was the first-place winner.