CVU teen entrepreneurs honored

VT REAL High School/Tech Center Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition second place winner David Riesner dons his cap and gown at Champlain Valley Union High School graduation on June 14. Photo by Karen Pike Photography

VT REAL High School/Tech Center Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition second place winner David Riesner dons his cap and gown at Champlain Valley Union High School graduation on June 14. Photo by Karen Pike Photography

Eight high school/technical center students, including CVU students David Riesner, Cade Knudson, and Dan Faris, were honored for their outstanding entrepreneurial business plans in the 5th Annual VT REAL High School/Tech Center Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition Monday, June 17 at a special awards reception at the Vermont Technical College (VTC) Williston Campus.

As students prepared their plans over the 2013 spring semester they learned many new skills needed to address the components of a well-constructed business plan as well as enhanced their 21st century skills: communication; critical thinking; problem-solving; time management; collaboration; financial literacy; creativity and innovation; customer service/relations; social responsibility and civic and community engagement; and more.

The following CVU students took top honors:

2nd Place: David Riesner for his wellness initiatives and overall plan. The Health Initiative included various health initiatives with one of its elements a removable shoe sole that has a mileage tracker.

Honorable Mentions: Cade Knudson for green environmental/sustainability. Earth Turn Architects is a collaborative movement to create underground passive house designs that are energy efficient and environmentally sustainable and Dan Faris for identifying a trend. Faris Studios, a recording studio for young musicians interested in “making music.”

VT REAL’s annual Business Plan Competition, has given students a chance to shine; to explore their “be my own boss” dreams and practice the skills they honed through their entrepreneurial experiences while in school. The contest is always a great teaching tool for business, marketing, financial literacy, problem solving, creativity and citizenship topics, plus it’s designed to give students a real life experience within an educational setting.

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