From left to right: Cashe McVey, St. John; Roger Ramirez, St. John; Preston Dunn, St. John; Liam Lanterman, St. John, Brianna Banks, St. John; Alassandro Zambarda, Stafford; Caleb Hildebrand, Stafford; Marshall Woolf, Stafford (Not pictured: Jaden Reed, St. John)
Stafford County Economic Development had nine Stafford County students compete in the Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge that took place on Friday, March 16 in Kinsley. 7th through 12th grade students were eligible to participate in this year's event. Five students from St. John competed as a team, one student from St. John and three students from Stafford competed as individuals.
Students were judged on their business idea/concept, a three-page executive summary, and a four-minute formal presentation to a panel of three judges. Individuals and teams competed for a total of $1,750 in cash prizes and their chance to compete at the state competition in April at Kansas State University.
Preston Dunn, 8th grader from St. John-Hudson U.S.D. 350 won first place and a prize of $1,000. Cashe McVey, Jaden Reed, Roger Ramirez, Brianna Banks and Liam Lanterman competed as the Tiger Town Pizza team and won second place with a $500 prize. Rylie Miller from Kinsley High School won third place and $250.
Dunn automatically gets to participate at Kansas State University on April 24th. The other students that competed in the regional event were given the opportunity to submit their executive summary at a chance to fill one of the 14 wildcard slots for the state competition in Manhattan.
Congratulations to all of our Stafford County students for competing in this year's regional event!
Stafford County Economic Development is sponsoring nine Stafford County students to participate in the 3rd annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition (CKYEC) that will be held at the Kinsley Junior/Senior High School Auditorium. Five of those students are competing as one team, and the other four as individuals. Edwards County Economic Development is hosting this year’s event with the NetWork Kansas E-Community Partnership.
“This year we opened the competition to junior high students,” said Ashlee Bevan, Program Director for Stafford County Economic Development. “We had some interest from some of our students that participate in 4-H that piqued our interest in expanding the age group eligible for participation. We also felt that if a junior high student is ready for a public speaking competition like this, we shouldn’t hold them back from the opportunity to gain the experience.”
Last year, Hodgeman County Economic Development hosted the 2nd annual event at the King Center in Jetmore. $1,750 in cash prizes were awarded. One of the top three business plans was from Stafford High School students promoting their business idea of Scan from the Past.
By Monday, February 26th, each student or team must submit an executive summary through the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Portal online. The competition on Tuesday, March 13th will consist of a four-minute pitch to a panel of judges, followed by questions. The students will be competing against each other for $1,750 in prize money. The 1st place winner will receive $1,000 and a guaranteed spot in the State Competition in Manhattan in April. The 2nd place prize is $500 and 3rd place receives $250. The students’ work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults. An optional tradeshow competition is available to all participants competing in the day-long event.
This year, students from Edwards, Hodgeman, Ness, Pawnee and Stafford counties are eligible to participate in the event.
The annual YEC series culminates in a statewide championship, where the top students from 31 local competitions will face off against each other for $18,000 in prize money and other honors. The 2018 statewide championship will be held on April 24th in Manhattan at Kansas State University.
For more information visit http://www.edwardscounty.org/YEC, http://www.networkkansas.com/ecommunities/youth/youth-entrepreneurship-challenge, email Ashlee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-549-3527.
Stafford County Economic Development is excited to announce the timeline for opening the Stafford County Marketplace that will be located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and 5th Avenue in St. John, Kansas. This initiative is a unique partnership in which Stafford County Economic Development, a 501 c(3) non-profit is the developer utilizing support from the City of St. John, US Department of Health and Human Services, NetWork Kansas, Sunflower Foundation, SJN Bank of Kansas, St. John IOOF Lodge, Golden Belt Telephone, and contributions from families in St. John.
White’s Foodliner will be the grocery operator and provide a convenience store aspect and fuel pumps. In addition, Stafford County Drug will be in the southern portion of the building with drive-thru access. The building will have two entrances to serve all of three of these aspects.
Eco Devo hired J.A. Knight & Sons out of Pratt for general contracting services. Their construction timeline is as follows:
Stafford County Economic Development
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