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Students from more than 80 school districts pitched some innovative ideas at Bloomsburg University Thursday.

It was part of the 3rd annual Husky Dog Pound - a spin on the show Shark Tank.

More than 600 students streamed in to Bloomsburg University's Zeigler College of Business.

"They have three minutes to pitch their idea and then the judges have 5 minutes to take questions and get some clarification on their ideas to see if they're profitable, marketable, or feasible," explained associate professor Christina Force.

Students waited in a room, practicing their pitches and hopefully taking care of some nerves before they headed off to face the dog pound.

They then pitched to business industry professionals.

"It's good to get that exposure at a very young age so they can actually take a product that they've thought about, really passionate about, and be able to design a product that somebody might actually pick up and actually use someday," said Todd Shawver, the interim dean of Zeigler College of Business.

The experience, providing valuable life lessons along the way.

"There are a lot of people who've got rejected and come back and been really successful," said Force.

$10,000 was given out between the top 30 teams, with first place taking home $1,000.

Below is the full list of winners:

30. Central Dauphin High School - Luke Diecidue, Dylan Hess

29. Central Mountain High School -Jessica P., Taryn Kimballiergallini

28. Lewisburg HS - Maggie Daly, Catie Jacobson, Suzy Vo, Ryan Shabahang

27. Midd-West - Noah Romig

26. Millville Area Middle School - Morgan Defiebo, Jaylen Blackburn, Kelsey Eyer

25. Oley Valley High School - Matthew Hinkle, Chris Erb

24. Pottown HS - Jordyn Verdone, Anthony Lowe

23. Bloomsburg Area MS - Sarah Dobson, Gabby Dunlap, Will Moser, Coen Wasielewski

22. Mount Carmel Area - Haile Kimsal, Allison Shurock

21. East Stroudsburg HS South - Dan Malsch, Trevaughn Ellis, Joe Fulmer

20. Berwick High School - Noah Craig, Ben Knorr, Tiara Mickalowski

19. Saucon Valley High School - Ava Albano, Ava Bracalente, Katherine Meier, Emma Shelby

18. Dowingtown STEM - Joseph Conigliani, Joseph Cottingham, Jacob Lemler

17. Northwest HS - Matt Saxe, Jack Vessler

16. East Stroudsburg HS North - Evan Tilton, William Cordero, James VanderVeer, Calvin Walsh

15. Camp Hill Middle School - Lauren Poplaski, Camille Zulli

14. Emmaus High School - Gianna Bellastrami

13. Donegal - Mathew Jackson

12. Berks Career & Technology Center - Dylan Bilodeau, Allison Moser

11. Donegal - Jordon G.

10. Cedar Cliff High School - Madison Passmore, Kadence Valora

9. Jefferson Middle School - Macie Miller, Grace Nellas, Leah Kessler, Ava Tischendorf

8. Emmaus High School - Emily Lopez, Matt Rodrigus

7. Parkland High School - Steph Hunter, Ryan Turner, Ali Bhallo

6. Kane Middle School - Max Smith, Xavior Hulings, John Bell, Wyatt Jensen

5. Abraham Lincoln HS - Marina Ayob, Christ Pirgu

4. Selinsgrove Area High School - Jonathan Bosworth, Antonio Margel, Coy Bastian

3. Milton Hershey School - Davan Hanley

2. Fleetwood Area High School - Syndey Galtere, Tyler Becker, Eric Vasquez, Kylee Paules

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1. South Western High School - MiKayla Simone

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