Naysa Escobar is one of Huntington High School’s most dynamic incoming seniors. The teenager is indefatigable while pursuing her goals. She spent time this summer studying business innovation at St. John’s University in Queens.
Ms. Escobar is a remarkable young woman by any measure. Forget about being able to juggle two or three objects, the teenager has so many balls up in the air at any one time that it’s hard to count them all, yet none of them ever seem to fall.
The incoming senior was one of the most glittering stars in this past year’s Virtual Enterprise business program. Ms. Escobar was so outstanding that her teacher, Paige Tyree Furman nominated the teenager for the St. John’s summer program, where she worked alongside many of the top high school business students in the metropolitan area.
The Envision business innovation program at St. John’s was designed to provide practical, hands-on learning experiences. “I personally saw it as a mini Virtual Enterprise program,” Ms. Escobar said.
Teams of business students worked on product ideas and then squared off against each other in “shark tank” competitions with real life investors waiting in the wings to jump on a product they especially like.
Ms. Escobar and her fellow students went at it from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. They stayed overnight in the St. John’s dorms. “These long days were full of business group meetings, crowd sourcing in the city, meetings with actual entrepreneurs on the highest floors of New York City, business collage tours and so much more,” she said.
The teenager is typically quiet around high school students, “but since day one I felt comfortable around the group I was put into and naturally assumed a leadership role within it,” Ms. Escobar said.
The incoming Huntington senior was chosen as the CEO of her firm, which was named Bliss.
“Our product was a unique and relaxing cotton polyester blend weighted blanket that focuses on bringing people with insomnia faster sleep by incorporating movement technology that activates a diffuser inside of the blanket, which releases aromas like Lavender and chamomile, which increases slow-wave sleep, slows down the heart rate and improves muscle relaxation, thus promoting restful sleep,” Ms. Escobar said.
The teenager’s plan is to eventually pursue a college major in marketing and design “and hopefully, one day be working for a company like Dior; helping out with runway marketing or campaign design in New York City and constantly traveling to Dior’s headquarters in Paris,” Ms. Escobar said.