posted Feb 16, 2012 in ACADEMICS
Two groups of entrepreneurs can make their ideas a reality even before they’ve graduated high school, thanks to the first-ever Jump Start Kansas competition at McPherson College.
The competition challenged all high school students in Kansas to submit their ideas for an entrepreneurial venture – either commercial or non-profit. On Feb. 15, 10 finalists – five in each category – presented their ideas for a shot at the top prize – a $5,000 grant to pursue their idea and a $5,000 annual scholarship should they choose to attend McPherson College.
The winners were also announced the same day by a judging panel of McPherson College faculty and staff as well as entrepreneurial leaders in the McPherson Community. The winners in the commercial category were Damien Gilbert and Colin Johnson, juniors at Wichita East High, with their business SteelSalvation.
The top prize in the non-profit category went to Kenan Meadows and Marcus Sheppard, seniors at F.L. Schlagle in Kansas City, and Joseph Belcher, junior at F.L. Schlagle, with their organization Kcteenlink.