Students at Portsmouth High School learned just what it takes to become an entrepreneur in today’s world.
On Feb. 23, students from Nate Kline’s Personal Finance and Business class at Portsmouth High School participated in the 2017 Glockner Dare to Dream Pitch Competition.
Students divided into teams and were tasked with creating a new and innovative business concept. The ideas were then pitched to representatives from a variety of local businesses.
Guest judges included: Mike Glockner of Glockner Enterprises, Stacie Smith from Schmidt Family Restaurant Group, Leigh Anne Smith from American Savings Bank, Josh Saunders of Paul Davis Restoration and Portsmouth City School District Superintendent Scott Dutey.
Judges evaluated the teams based on their presentation skills and creativity.
Students Aiden Kammler, William Sturgill, Savanna Spence, Lynsey Shipley and Lauren Donges won first place with their project on Green Living Recycling. This pitch featured ideas about recycling, recycling bins and advertising related to green products.
Second place went to students Jaden Morris, Tyler Vest, Kaleb Mehaffey, John Nelson and Kyle Mehaffey for their Cosmic Gaming pitch. Students created the idea to have a lounge with different gaming systems for customers to come and play.
Students Kylisha Kearns, Camryn King, Elliauna Earwood and Zach Wagner earned an honorable mention for their project focused on providing activities for senior citizens.
The first and second place teams will be advancing to the Tri-State Pitch Competition, which will be held on March 28 at the Ohio University Southern Campus, beginning at 6 p.m.
Last year $10,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the top six teams in the Tri-State.
According to primary sponsor, Glockner Enterprises, this year over $20,000 in prizes will be awarded.
The Glockner Dare To Dream Tristate Pitch Competition is sponsored by several community leaders and businesses including primary sponsor Glockner Enterprises.
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