Young Entrepreneurs Awarded for Ambitious Business Plans

May 28, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Business savvy students from Berkeley Springs High School will have some extra cash in their pockets to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.  

DreamQuest, West Virginia’s first statewide high school business plan competition, held its awards ceremony in May at the University of Charleston.  

More than 150 students participated in the competition that started last October, culminating earlier this month when the top six student teams competed for a first place prize of $7,500. A panel of judges scored each team’s presentation and business idea during the day. Students, teachers and business community sponsors, who advised the teams, all shared in the prize money.  

The following winners were announced:  

1st Place – Nebulae Systems (Daniel Spangenberger, Curt Heldreth-Teacher), Berkeley Springs High School, Morgan County - $7,500; 2nd Place – Team Fuzion (Brandon McMillen, Jared Van Meter, Karen Probst-Teacher), Pendleton County High School, Pendleton County - $3,750; 3rd Place – Sunrise Aerobics (Julie Cessna, Jeanne Gurtler-Teacher), Mineral County Technical Center, Mineral County - $1,875; 4th Place – MBZ Computers (Beau Hahn, Marcus Stenson, Chuck McClain-teacher,), James Rumsey Technical Institute, Berkeley County - $1,500; 5th Place - Decades (Amanda Sayre, Katelyn Colver, Michael Mercer, Berna Hilbert - teacher), Mason County VoTech Center, Mason County - $751; 6th Place – Mineral County Technical Center (Spring Seville, Keira Shilling, Jeanner Gurtler - teacher), Mineral County Technical Center, Mineral County - $750 Dreamquest is an opportunity for young West Virginians to become aware and gain knowledge of entrepreneurship. The program was designed to create a real life experience within the educational setting, allowing students to discover what it would be like to generate an idea and build it into a business of their own.  

Dreamquest’s goal is to expand the awareness and build skills of our young citizens at a time when they are exploring the options available to them in work and life.  

This project was sponsored through the collaboration of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, University of Charleston Entrepreneurship Center, West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia Development Office –Governor’s Workforce Investment Division and West Virginia Small Business Development Division, West Virginia Tech Prep Initiative – Higher Education Policy Commission, the West Virginia Entrepreneurs Forum, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and  

Plans are already under way to make the competition even better next year and to involve more students, teachers and schools. Please visit the Dreamquest website, for news and announcements.  

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