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BHS Students Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills

posted May 2, 2017, 10:21 AM by Tina Steele   [ updated May 3, 2017, 1:23 PM by Granger Meador ]

Three Bartlesville high school students, representing the BHS Business program, recently competed in the Cherokee Nation Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. The New Business Ideas Competition Challenge is part of the Cherokee Nation Entrepreneurship Day activities designed to stimulate entrepreneurial interest among its students. The goal is to develop an entrepreneurship mindset favorable to produce future business ownership, leadership and economic development in the community. This is a “Shark Tank”-like competition where students come up with a business idea, develop a business plan, and are then interviewed by judges about their plan. They compete against other schools from around the state. Students attended the competition on April 27, 2017, at the Northeast Technology Center in Claremore, Oklahoma accompanied by their sponsors, BHS business teachers, Jerry Gray and Justin Olinghouse.

Freshman Ashlynn Sweat won 1st place with her innovative tangle-free multiple dog walking leashes and was awarded $400. Freshman James Austin won 5th place with his Cajun meal delivery service to provide weekly pre-portioned meals with recipes to subscribers, earning him $50. Senior Cooper Davis received an honorable mention for his business of photo booth events to raise money and awareness for early autism detection.

BHS Business Students Place in Business Competition
BHS Business Students Place in Business Competition
(Left to Right: Business Teacher Jerry Gray; Freshman James Austin; Senior Cooper Davis; Freshman Ashlynn Sweat; and Business Teacher Justin Olinghouse)