Several northeast Colorado middle and high school students took home cash prizes for pitching business plans at the Youth Entrepreneurship Fair this past week.
The fair, hosted by Generation Schools Network, Ogallala Commons and WeThrive, took place April 26 at Wiggins Colorado Middle and High School.
Nearly 100 students from Eaton, Kersey, Brush and other northeast Colorado schools presented their business plans to a panel of judges in a shark-tank-style competition, according to a Generation Schools Network news release. The top winners of the competition split $6,000 in cash awards.
The winners of the high school category include:
- Sophomore Shae Stone from Eaton High School won $1,000 for Cattle Company Embryo Services.
- Sophomore Tayla Wiedeman from Eaton High School won $1,000 for her business, Shepherd Services.
- Makayla O’Patik, Aubryn Ferguson and Addie Mayer from Wiggins High School won $500 for their business, The Soothe Bar.
- Junior Nevaeh Tolentino from Brush High School won $250 for her business, To Have and To Hold.
- Juniors and seniors — Chevelle Price, Maverik Mertens, Isaac Doll, Andy Long, Brock Dollerschell, David Long, Gabe Oldewage, Kaydence Fraser and David Speicher — from Prairie High School in New Raymer. The student winners won $250 for their business, Stich-N-Stangs Custom Apparel.
The winners of the middle school category include:
- Austin Ley from Brush Middle School won a $1,500 prize for his business, Camera Box.
- Maveric Campbell from Platte Valley Middle School in Kersey won $750 for Homestyle Carpentry.
- Eighth-grader Laque Premo from Wiggins Middle School won a $750 prize for her business, NOCO Jewelry Shoppe.