Four students from Marion High School and two from Hillsboro High School participated in a statewide student entrepreneurship competition April 25 at Kansas State University.
The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge featured 29 high school teams and four universities, and awarded entrepreneurial-minded students more than $10,000 in prize money.
Representing MHS were Mckenzee Remmers, Erika Hess, Brittany Hett, Marissa Jacobson, Emily Davies and Colin Williams.
Remmers, Hess and Hett presented their business, Better Butter Body Butter; Jacobson, Davies and Williams developed a business called Nothing But Nuts.
Representing HHS were Kyle Unruh and Caleb Rempel. Unruh’s business, Pampered Princess, markets homemade hand and foot scrubs, while Rempel’s CJ Designs specializes in T-shirt printing.
These students were among the top entries in the first Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on March 8, but did not make it to the finals in Manhattan.
During the competition, students delivered a two-minute “quick pitch” of their business to a panel of judges that consisted of entrepreneurs, statewide business leaders and investment experts.
From those pitches, the judges selected eight high school finalists, who each then had the opportunity to do a more in-depth presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session with the judges.
“The real-world experience of pitching a business in front of the type of business experts we have on our panel is invaluable to these students, and provides real-world feedback and support to launch companies within our state,” said Chad Jackson, director of the Center for the KSU Advancement of Entrepreneurship.
In the high school division, the first-place prize of $1,500 was awarded to Tegan Maxson and Gwyn Dean, Labette County High School in Altamont, for their pitch of M&D Crop Diagnosis, a drone-powered crop service.