High schoolers eye entrepreneurship

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THUNDER BAY — Two students will enter into Lakehead University with some financial help from the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Graduating high school students Brianna DeAgazio from La Verendrye and Kohl Johnson from Hammarskjold were the recipients of scholarships made possible by the Chamber of Commerce Education, Training and Skills Development Taskforce.

“I was definitely not expecting it,” says DeAgazio. “I’m happy that I received a scholarship from an organization in Thunder Bay and I think it will definitely be helpful next year for me. . . . I’m very grateful.”

DeAgazio will enrol in the university’s kinesiology program in September. Upon her completion, she says she aspires to become an obstetrician or chiropractor or even operate her own dance studio.

“I’m just really grateful and excited for this next chapter and the scholarship will make it easier for me to attend the university’s kinesiology program.”

Johnson is also heading into the university’s kinesiology program but says he will take what he calls a “gap year” to focus on his own personal business endeavours.

“I’m very grateful that there are opportunities out there to help fund post-secondary education,” he said. “With the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, it’s nice to have some recognition for aspiring entrepreneurs or individuals with business aspirations.”

He says everyone has their “niches and passions” and that the Chamber of Commerce was generous to provide funding for post-secondary education for people who have passions for entrepreneurship.

The Grade 12 graduate owns and operates a lawn care business but he says long-term, his passion is with the fitness industry.

“I’m looking to operate a business somewhere in the fitness industry, in coaching or products. That’s my long-term vision,” he said.

Sandi Krasowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle-Journal

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