John Marshall High School Student Wins Business Plan Competition

March 28, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics held the first West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition at the WVU Mountainlair on March 22.

Sierra Cook

WVU UR Photography/Erin Irwin

A senior from John Marshall High School, Sierra Cook of Glendale, has won a $10,000 college scholarship to one of nine participating universities after her idea was chosen from among 103 competing teams representing 36 West Virginia high schools. Her winning concept, Marshall Mushrooms, is a small business engaged in the production and marketing of shitake and maitake mushrooms to restaurants and other businesses in the Ohio Valley. “Our business will be the first in the Valley to grow and market these delicious, medicinal and nutritious mushrooms,” Cook said.

Hosted by the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, located in the College of Business and Economics at WVU, the high school competition was created through a $3 million gift from the BrickStreet Foundation to the WVU College of Business and Economics in February 2013.

 “The purpose of the competition is to expose high school students to entrepreneurial opportunities so they understand what is required to make a business successful,” said Steve Cutright, Director of the BrickStreet Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

For further information on the West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition or the WVU College of Business and Economics, please visit or contact Tara St. Clair at 304.293.7221or

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