University School Freshman Launches Product To Preserve Carved Pumpkins

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University School freshman Sawyer Zak has launched a specially concocted spray designed to preserve the life of carved pumpkins. Zak, a budding entrepreneur at the Ohio private school, created and developed the product himself.

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"We're pleased to see the success of one of our students and we applaud his entrepreneurial endeavor. When a student conceives of an idea, develops it, and takes that idea to market, it's an impressive achievement"...

University School freshman Sawyer Zak recently launched a product designed to make carved pumpkins last longer. The product, called Pumpkin Potion™, uses a spray bottle application and is meant to combat the mold that quickly rots a pumpkin once it has been carved.

The spray solution was developed after multiple tests of different formulas in all types of weather, and results have shown pumpkins last 17 days longer if the solution is applied before mold develops. A display with graphics that shows the progress of treated pumpkins compared to untreated pumpkins accompanies each store supply.

"We're pleased to see the success of one of our students and we applaud his entrepreneurial endeavor. When a student conceives of an idea, develops it, and takes that idea to market, it's an impressive achievement," said Greg Malkin, director of the Young Entrepreneur Institute and Leadership Center at University School.

Zak came up with the idea after growing tired of the frustration he experienced every year over seeing his pumpkin carvings rot away soon after his hard work was completed. He explains that you apply the spray to the inside and outside of the carved pumpkin and it prevents the mold from growing. Even once mold starts to grow, he says it is a weaker type that harms the pumpkin much more slowly.

Zak credits his private school and its Young Entrepreneur Institute for helping him learn about the practical applications of business in the real world. He has utilized his developing sales skills to convince several locally-owned venues to sell his product alongside their pumpkins. Solon's Miles Farmer's Market was so receptive to his product pitch that they placed it front and center with all of their pumpkin displays. Zak's entrepreneurial confidence also helped him get his product in multiple locations in the Chagrin Valley nearby his home.

For more information on Zak's pumpkin product, please visit University School's website at http://www.us.edu or contact the school's office at (216) 831-1984 x 7399 or University School, 2785 SOM Center Rd, Hunting Valley, OH 44022.

A private school established in 1890, University School is an esteemed all-boys K through 12 institution with a rigorous curriculum, dedicated faculty, and experiential programs. Average class sizes are 14 students with a teacher to student ration of 8:1. 75 percent of the faculty have master's degrees or above, and 100% of University School's students go on to 4-year colleges. The school has two campuses located in Shaker Heights and Hunting Valley, Ohio.

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