Haddonfield's Katherine Burns Wins Honors as Biz Wiz

The Haddonfield High rising junior proves her business prowess at a Rutgers-Camden summer program.

Katherine Burns will be reading e-books in style, thanks to her business skills.

Burns, a rising junior at , was one of five students who won a brand new Kindle Fire Tablet awarded to those scoring the most points during the BizEd program. Since 2001, Rutgers-Camden has offered BizEd, a competitive summer camp for high school seniors. This year marked the first time Rutgers-Camden hosted a special program just for incoming high school juniors. 

Twenty-five students from area high schools participated in the eight-day “BizEd: Building a Better ‘You’ for Business” curriculum, which ran from July 24 to Aug. 2. But only five of those participating juniors brought home the gold—or in this case—the Fire. The other winners are: Christina Chang, of Riverside High School; Patrick Deets, of Collingswood High School; Adam Economidis, of Paul VI High School; and Joel Varghese Gloucester County Institute of Technology.

The students competed in a variety of interactive exercises such as “Product Development, Time Management and Personal Branding.” The exercises are meant to prepare students for a business education degree in college and to develop the technical, social and efficiency skills necessary to compete in today’s global marketplace.

“The BizEd program provides a balanced view of business education that is lacking in most of the nation’s high schools. BizEd is a creative way to better prepare teenagers for success in college and throughout their lives,” Jaishankar Ganesh, dean of the Rutgers School of Business said in June.


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