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Upper Valley Students Score Well in Vermont Business Plan Competition

Springfield, Vt. — Several local students were among the winners of a competition that challenges young people to develop their own creative business plans.

Makayla Smith and Taylor Rocke, who attended River Valley Technical Center, won second place overall in the Vermont Rural Entrepreneurship Through Action Learning High School/Tech Center Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. They received a $175 cash award for their plan for a tie-dye company. They were tied with a student from a technology and career center in Hyde Park.

Kalie Warner and Brooke Thompson, who attended Randolph Technical Career Center, each received an honorable mention for social responsibility and a realistic plan, respectively. Advisers from Vermont Small Business Development Center used a rubric to review and score the students’ business plans. The winners were determined after a second round of judging. “This is a unique opportunity for young people to practice business planning, critical thinking and financial management skills in a real-life setting,” said Linda Rossi, the development center’s state director. “(I) t’s amazing to see the creativity and hard work these students have demonstrated.”

The winners were honored at a reception hosted by the development center last month at Vermont Technical College in Williston.

— Staff report