Centennial Middle Students Develop Business Concepts
Over the past semester, students at Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School have been learning the steps to entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan. A total of 20 students recently presented their business concept ideas to a panel of judges that included school staff and members of the local business community. From the 20 business plans presented, judges choose the top six. The six finalists were later narrowed down to the top three. On May 24, 2010, the three finalists presented their business concept ideas to a group of local entrepreneurs with the hopes of taking the top spot for the most realistic business concept idea.
Drew Harrilchak took first place in the competition for his idea of Text on Demand, an educational service that would provide electronic reading tests and textbooks for the blind, dyslexic and auditory learners. The second place winner was Mahlon Rakes, and Nayasha Clarke took third place. The judges included Dan Crocker from Nationwide Insurance Agency, Donna Goodfred from Innovative Computer Systems, Inc. and Kelly Stewart from Yes Career Services. Wake County Board of Commissioner District 2 Representative Lindy Brown was the community leader.
The Business Plan Competition was sponsored by the Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School Youth Chamber.