The winners of the seventh annual KACTE Entrepreneurship Event have been announced. The event was sponsored by the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) and coordinated by the state advisers of the Career and Technical Education Student Organizations.
The event challenged high school career and technical education students to develop a plan for an entrepreneurial business. Students were required to submit an online video and a one-page executive summary of their business plan. The videos were to be designed to provide information on the business plan to potential investors. Both the videos and the executive summaries were evaluated by a panel of outside judges.
The winning project was submitted by Heidi Robbins of Jessamine County, who will receive the $1,000 first prize. She submitted a proposal for a business known as NH Photography. This business will offer custom photography services and strives to meet customers where they are for photo shoots. Robbins is a member of the Jessamine County DECA and is a student at the Jessamine Career and Technology Center. Her adviser is Kayla Williams. View her video on YouTube.
The second place project was submitted by Olivia Moore of Western Hills High School (Franklin County). Her business, “Moore Goodness,” will focus on making locally grown produce available in the Frankfort area. She received the second prize of $750. Watch her video on YouTube. Moore is a member of the Western Hills FFA chapter and her advisers are J. R. Zinner and Mariah Messink.
The third place project was submitted by Nicholas Sandusky, Elise Carpenter and Breanna Meeks of Marion County High School. They will received the third prize of $500. Watch their video on YouTube. They are members of the Marion County FFA, where their adviser is Daniel Mattingly.
The fourth place project was submitted by William Scott Thorpe of Breathitt County High School and he will receive the fourth prize of $250. Thorpe is a member of FBLA and Skills USA. His adviser is Jerry Smith.
Other entries included Drew Herrington of Harrison County, Max Waddlington and James Brown of Lyon County, and Hannah York of Caldwell County.