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From left, Deborah Sternberg, chairwoman of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge, poses with West Feliciana High School seniors Jack Hosford, Mary Elizabeth Barrow and Lily Ray.

Three seniors at West Feliciana High School — Mary Elizabeth Barrow, Jack Hosford and Lily Ray — recently graduated from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge. 

Over the academic year, under the instruction of the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business, academy participants generate business ideas, write business plans, pitch to an investor panel for seed money, and launch their own companies.