KSTC representative Shari-Lynne Ball spoke to a committe of folks interested in Entrepreneurship opportunities for high school students.
Business/Marketing Teachers Stacey Perkins, Dana Hurd, and WCHS Principal Justin Alley
Freshman Luke Vickery and Sophomore Nicole Hesse looked over the program
Students (l-r:) Nicole Hesse, Keelyn Rodriguez, Tanner Thompson and Luke Vickery got some advice from business leader Edgar Davis, who is employed by Kentucky Highlands.
(l-r:) WCHS Teacher Stacey Perkins, Counselor Donna Bridgeman, Principal Justin Alley, and KSTC Representative Shari-Lynne Ball chatted about details to offer students the project.
Wayne County High School students are invited to form teams to participate in the Lt Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge, complete with a shot at winning a share of up to $100,000 in scholarships.
Deadline to register is October 31, 2017 by going to www.KYLGEC.com. The regional competition for Wayne County students is April 12, 2017 at Union College. Last year, 700 students participated amongst 135 teams. Each team has a mentor and last year that included 500 adult mentors across the state.
Recently, Shari-Lynne Ball, an administrative assistant at Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, visited Wayne County Schools to meet with a committee of administrators, teachers, and students. She encouraged groups of two to four students to get an advisor and go ahead and register for the project if a team is a possibility.
“The concept of this is like the television show Shark Tank, however the students are not asking for money,” Ball explained. “It is more about a problem you want fixed.”
Students are encouraged to write a business plan for their proposals. They get experience presenting their plans before a panel of judges and that is how the different teams compete. She said 92 percent of the students had no prior pitch experience. The experience encourages students to consider starting their own business as a career pathway.
Last year’s statewide winning team produced an idea regarding a computer app for GPS coverage for school buses, so students could track where the bus was on its route. The second place winning team was from Harlan and they created an app to market to hotels that tracked a sensor on doors that might be opened after hours when students are on field trips; instead of chaperones taping doors shut on overnight field trips. Another winner was not school related and involved a drone flying over an agricultural field to help test the dryness of the soil.
She encouraged the student representatives on the committee to share the contest with their classmates and be creative. “Sell your product,” said Ball.
She shared a timeline for the program beginning with the October 31 registration deadline, with materials due on January 31 and the regional competitions set for April 9-13. The final competition will be April 28th when students are judged on their business plan, video, table top display and pitch. The winning team receives $50,000 in scholarship monies to be used at a Kentucky institution.
“This program is a lot of fun and can benefit you down the road,” said Ball.