RCHS Holds 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge

Last Tuesday Mrs. Wooten’s 4th block class participated in the Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge is similar to the TV show “Shark Tank,” with students coming up with innovative product ideas and presenting it to the judges. The goal of the challenge is to teach the students professional presentation skills, to be creative and think outside the box, and to build confidence.

In preparation, the students picked their groups and worked for 5 weeks with mentors who came in once a week during 4th block to help them come up with an idea and create a business plan. They also gave them advice on their presentation strategy. Each group had 10 minutes to present their business plans and to answer any questions from the panel of judges.

At the end of the challenge, the judges came to the decision of who would receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. First place of $100 went to Jayden Padilla, Prem Patel, and Hector Escamilla for their 360 Turbo Brush product. Second place of $75 went to Jaden Popplewell, Emma Poteet, Kaitlyn Harris, and Trenton Keen for their Cumberland Concierge business. Lastly, the 3rd place award of $50 went to Isaiah Rexroat, Caleb Howard, and Seth Overly for their SIC Phones business.

The judges for the event were: Betty Clark of 1st National Bank, Mike Selby of Selby Asphalt, Michael Ford of Russell County Schools, JR Thompson of the SCC Russell Center, and Kristin Goff the Marketing Manager at ServPro.

The mentors for the students were: Matt Gosser of Lakewood Appliances, Marty Kazsuk of the Eli Country Store, Moochie Hart of Cumberland Family Medical, Christin Matney of Monticello Bank, and Heather Weaver of Timber pointe Resort and Reel Java & Creamery.

A special thank you for the prize donations goes to Artworks Community Arts Education Center and Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Congratulations to all the young entrepreneurs who participated.

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