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Southeast teams take 3 of top 6 places at Entrepreneurship Challenge, including 1st

Congratulations to Camrin Sellers & Katey Freeman for winning Wednesday’s Entrepreneurship Challenge in Columbus.  Their “Waffles on Wheels” business pitch beat out 14 other teams from across Cherokee County to win them $1,500.  They plan to take their business plan to the state competition in Manhattan on April 25.

Yes 1st and 2nd place winners are eligible to compete at the state wide entrepreneurship challenge in April 25 in Manhattan. The girls would like to go to compete and we are looking into costs, etc involved. Janet said that they have some money to assist us in travel expenses.

“When I came to Southeast nine years ago, there wasn’t a true business program – I taught a majority of technology classes and just slowly started transitioning to business classes,” said Mrs. Cherie Witt, business teacher at Southeast and the FBLA advisor.  “I think that starting the students at the 8th grade level has really helped stir an interest in business and really allowed the students to use their creative ‘dreamer’ skills for something productive.  I’m amazed by so many great ideas and the students’ willingness to put themselves out there.  Sometimes they fail but they are learning that through that process, they can learn and grow.”

Also in Wednesday’s county competition, the Southeast team of Sarah Clausen, Wyntr Jacobs and Caitlin Low took 5th place, winning $300 with their Blue Moon Bakery & Restaurant.  And Peyton Simpson took 6th place, winning $200 with his Fandom Come Books store.

Thursday’s contest was hosted by the Cherokee County Economic Development Center.

This is the second year for the contest and both years a Southeast team won the top prize.  In 2015 the team of Sarah Clausen, Wyntr Jacobs and Caitlin Low took 1st place with their “Snowflakes Bundt Cakes” business presentation.

“Two different teams have won the challenge, two years in a row and it’s because of their creative ideas and willingness to put in the work to win,” Mrs. Witt said.  “I’m very proud of all the students who competed this year.”

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