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Winners announced for fall state-wide high school business plan competition

Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Siler City, NC - Six North Carolina high school students won highest honors in the state-wide Hop on the BUS! Business Plan competition. The students attend Jordan-Matthews, Eastern Alamance and Walter Williams Academy of Finance High Schools. 43 teams and well over 150 students participated in the competition. The winning students will be formally recognized for their accomplishments at the North Carolina Council for Economic Education’s award ceremony in May.

The Hop on the BUS! High School Business Plan competition is a state-wide competition open to all North Carolina High School students. Teams submitted full business plans, which were judged by small business experts from around the state. From these entries the top ten were chosen as semi-finalists. These semi-finalists were invited to create a video presentation of their business plan to be reviewed by another panel of judges. The scores from the written business plan and the video presentations were used to select the top three teams. The top three teams include:

- 1st Place- Team Name: Earl’s Tea Room

o Students: Madison Walters- 10th and Marissa Devine- 11th

o School: Jordan Matthews High School, Siler City

o Teacher: Luke Nicks

- 2nd Place- Team Name: Kirby’s Country Ice Cream

o Students: Lauren Kirby- 10th

o School: Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane

o Teacher: Stephen Smith

- 3rd Place- Team Name: WebFlex

o Students: Nathan Bodenheimer- 12th grade, Promise Nwoko- 11th grade, Griffen Dupree- 11th

o School: Walter M. Williams High School Academy of Finance, Burlington

o Teacher: Rhonda Farmer


This is the eighth year of the competition. The competition is sponsored by the North Carolina Council for Economic Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina REAL Enterprise, and North Carolina Rural Center.

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