Thursday, April 28, Aiden Conrad, Ashlyn Schultze, & Kayla LaRosh competed at the State Youth Entrepreneurship Contest (YEC) in Manhattan. Aiden qualified at Osborne's local event in February, and Ashlyn & Kayla were chosen in the wildcard round based on their applications in early in March.
Students had to complete a written executive summary, submit an elevator pitch video, set-up a booth for a trade show, and go through four 10-minute board room sessions during the competition. This years event featured 64 student businesses and is the largest Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge event to date. YEC is put on by E-Community Partnership with NetWork Kansas, Kansas Freemasons, and Kansas State University College of Business.
Aiden's Turning Tires business received the highest category ranking of a Top Tier business, receiving $1200. Ashlyn's business, Downtown Western Wear, earned her $600 in the second tier ranking along with a scholarship of $1000 to Kansas State University. Kayla's Confections also received the second tier ranking with $600 for Kayla as well.
USD 392 is extremely proud of the work these individuals put into their YEC projects and their success at the state level!