Generation Schools Network, Ogallala Commons and WeThrive hosted a Youth Entrepreneurship Fair for students in grades 6-12 on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at the Wiggins Colorado Middle and High School. Nearly 100 Northeast Colorado students presented business plans to a panel of judges in a shark-tank style competition, where top winners split $6,000 in cash awards.
In the High School category, Junior and Senior High School students 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, Colorado were awarded a $250 prize for their business, Stich-N-Stangs Custom Apparel.
Brush High School Junior Nevaeh Tolentino was awarded $250 for her business, To Have and To Hold. Wiggins High School students Makayla O’Patik, Aubryn Ferguson and Addie Mayer won $500 for their business, The Soothe Bar. Sophomore Shae Stone from Eaton High School was awarded $1,000 for Cattle Company Embryo Services and Sophomore Tayla Wiedeman, also from Eaton High School, won $1,000 for her business Shepherd Services.
Middle School award winners included Austin Ley from Brush Middle School who won a $1,500 prize for his business, Camera Box and Maveric Campbell from Platte Valley Middle School in Kersey, Colorado was awarded $750 for his business, Homestyle Carpentry. Eighth-grader Laque Premo from Wiggins Middle School won a $750 prize for her business, NOCO Jewelry Shoppe.
Judges include Middle School – Andrew Steib (Fort Morgan Chamber of Commerce), Doug Palmer (Beacon Fund), Shelby Clark (Employment Services of Weld County), Steve Lutes (Huwa Entreprises), Josh Gibbs (Fort Morgan Workforce Center) and for High School – Bob Der (Foothills Equity LLC), Daquan Oliver (WeThrive), Elinor Brown (Morgan Community College), Rene Nava (Northeastern Junior College), Jodi Walker (Kids at Their Best), Tricia Vincent (OtterCares Foundation)
The event was sponsored by the OtterCares Foundation, which has a focus on supporting local communities and organizations that share their vision for establishing philanthropic and entrepreneurial education programs for students.
Organizer Generation Schools Network is a nonprofit organization that helps schools and districts throughout Colorado build college/career readiness pathways including by hosting this Youth Entrepreneurship Fair for students in Northeast Colorado. Ogallala Commons, Inc., is a nonprofit education and leadership organization that reinvigorates commonwealth to build vibrant Great Plains communities. WeThrive works to achieve economic justice and close opportunity gaps by equipping and empowering underestimated young people to rise as entrepreneurial leaders. For more about the I-76 Partnerships for Prosperity effort, visit: https://coschooltowork.org/i76