Five prizes were awarded at the first ever Cherokee County Youth Entrepreneur Fair and Southeast High School teams won four of them, earning the students more than $3,000 total.
“I think the teams that competed were very creative when it came to their idea, their displays and elevator pitches,” said Southeast FBLA sponsor and Entrepreneurship teacher Cherie Witt. “They took it serious when pitching their ideas and really wanted to present themselves in a good light.”
First place and $1,500 went to the Snowflakes Bundt Cakes team of Sarah Clausen, Wyntr Jacobs and Caitlin Low. Jacobs described their idea as a “Subway for cakes” in the Morning Sun.
Second place and $700 went to the Keepin’ It Classy Salon & Spa team of Katey Freeman and Carmrin Sellers.
Third place and $600 went to the Lancer Nation Radio team of Zoey Ball, Erin Horgan and Sami Sullivan. The team told KODE/KSN that they plan to pitch their idea of a school podcast to the USD 247 Southeast School Board.
And fifth place went and $225 went to the Pretty N Pictures team of Daisy Burns, Kyra Stewart and Hannah Williams.
These teams are now eligible to compete in the 2015 SE KS Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge to be held on April 29, 2015 in Columbus, Kansas. Mrs. Witt said the groups can make corrections to their current plans and present again.
She hopes the success at the Fair inspires other Southeast students to try out the Entrepreneurship in the future.
“Entrepreneurship is a part of the business program that really took off this year – in the past, our enrollment was down to 10 students and this year I had 28 students take that class, meaning that everyone if those students has written a business plan and appreciates what it takes to plan out a business,” said Mrs. Witt. “Out of those 28, 11 chose to present today. I would hope through this success that more students become interested in entrepreneurship and the creativity that it allows for in business.”