Youth Entrepreneurs Students Soar to Victory in Regional Flyers Competition
In categories ranging from art to agriculture, YE students dreamt up businessplans and presented them for the chance to win scholarships and capital grants.
Ten students from Topeka-area schools were selected to take part in this year’s event, where they competed for regional honors and the opportunity to move on to the Final Flyers competition on June 2 in Wichita.
Each student had eight minutes to present his/her business plan to a group of judges. First-place winners were awarded $1,000, second-place winners $750 and third-place winners $500.
1st Place: William White, Highland Park High School, for Jump Coach
2nd Place: Tomi Frances Ramirez, Topeka High School, for Tomi the Photographer
3rd Place: Jonathan Walker, Topeka High School, for Lawn Boy
“The Flyers presented Youth Entrepreneurs students with the opportunity to share their business ideas, practice their presentation skills, and win scholarships and capital grants – all of which continue to foster their education and entrepreneurial spirits,” said Priscilla McInnes, Youth Entrepreneurs northeast region director. “We were highly impressed by all of the business plans presented at The Flyers this year and look forward to seeing how our students will grow their businesses as YE alumni.”
YE staff also presented awards to Topeka’s Volunteer of the Year, Rick LeJuerrne, Washburn University; and Teacher of the Year, Travis Graber, Wamego High School. Advisors Excel received the Community Partner Award. Additionally, YE Academy participants and scholarship winners were recognized.
The Flyers Topeka was sponsored by Washburn University.
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