Junior entrepreneurs showcase wares at Kids’ Business Fair in Hilliard

Four animated illustrations created more than a decade ago to launch a clothing line that never materialized inspired a 9-year-old Dublin student to write a “biography” about his fictional adventures.

Roman Gonska, a third-grade student at Indian Run Elementary School in Dublin, was selling the books April 9 at the Kids’ Business Fair on the campus of Hilliard United Methodist Church, 5445 Scioto Darby Road.

The business fair, first held in 2018 and again in 2019, was not held the last two years because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Twenty-six students, ages 6 to 16, from the Dublin, Hilliard, Upper Arlington and Jonathan Alder school districts, participated in the Kids’ Business Fair, organized by Learning Leaf.

Aashi Mather, 11, of Westerville, helps Kim Fatten of Gahanna and her daughter, Sil Fatten, 11, browse soaps from her Serenique Soaps shop during the fair.

The business fair is designed to showcase projects by children who are tasked with creating an original idea and then marketing it, said Kristy DiGiacomo, owner of Learning Leaf, an online tutoring provider.

Students began working on their presentations in January; parents were not permitted to assist them on the day of the business fair, DiGiacomo said.

Three judges, including Hilliard Schools Superintendent David Stewart, chose projects they considered most creative, that had the most business potential and other categories for which students were recognized at the conclusion of the fair.

Customers browse the various vendor booths at thef air.

Roman said he was inspired to write fictional stories about himself visiting places in a book he titled, “The Adventures of Roman German,” after his mother, Rosana Quiroz, showed him illustrations she had created for a clothing line she intended to launch while the family was living in New York City.

Quiroz and her husband, John Gonska, are in the ministry and lived in New York City, Israel and Australia before settling in Dublin.

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