In February, students from Nate Kline’s Personal Finance and Business class at Portsmouth High School learned about what it takes be to an entrepreneur in today’s world by participating in the 2017 Glockner Dare to Dream Pitch Competition.
Kline assigned the competition as a class assignment, the 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.
After the projects were evaluated by a team of local guest judges, it was decided that two projects would advance to the Tri-State Pitch Competition, held at Ohio University Southern.
The two teams included, Green Living Recycling, made up of students, Aiden Kammler, William Sturgill, Savanna Spence, Lynsey Shipley and Lauren Donges. Their pitch featured ideas about recycling, recycling bins and advertising related to green products.
Students Jaden Morris, Tyler Vest, Kaleb Mehaffey, John Nelson and Kyle Mehaffey made up the Cosmic Gaming team. They created the idea to have a lounge with different gaming systems for customers to come and play.
Green Living Recycling won a total of $1,500 and Cosmic Gaming won $750, for a combined total of $2,250. Each team split their winnings among its members, Kline says many of the students have committed to saving their funds for college.
Mike Glockner of Glockner Enterprises, the title sponsor for the event, visited the students on May 26 and presented them with a check for the earnings.
“I really want to commend each and every one of you all on what you did,” Glockner said to the students. “I was you back in high and it’s tough getting up in front of your peers or whoever it was that you had to speak to, to do what you did. You guys are the future for the next generations to come so don’t be hard on yourself if you didn’t win. You all won, just by getting up in front of people, every one contributed, every one participated. Don’t stop learning, don’t stop trying, don’t give up.”
Kline said he was very impressed by his students work and was proud of their progress in the competition.
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