Entrepreneurs compete with business plans

Eli McDaniel | social media editor

Several district students recently competed in the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge of Wabaunsee County, sponsored by Network Kansas. Each contestant created a job plan and presented it to the community. 

Sophomore Zachary Frank and eighth-graders Cole Frank and Reese Michaelis and seventh-grader Conrad Cassell entered the competition.

Cassell placed first in the challenge with “Royal Ice,” a shaved ice business. His presentation also won the Community Choice Award. “The presentation went well. I had a lot of fun presenting at the trade show. I learned a lot and winning felt good. I was really surprised by the amount of the prize money,” Cassell said. Depending on how Cassell does at state now that he has advanced, he will run his business on a smaller more sustainable scale. Since there is no state competition for junior high, Cassell will have to compete against high school contestants at state.

The Frank brothers run “Frank Brothers Lawn Care,” a lawn care and mowing business started about four years ago. “It felt pretty good and I’m happy we got Second. It was a great chance to learn more about insurance,” Zach said. With the winnings, the Franks will buy a new trimmer and more batteries.

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