Sandy Creek student wins entrepreneur competition

Sandy Creek High School student Ellie Klarl was named the winner of The Entrepreneurship Project at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce on April 2. From left to right: Panel judge Doug Bates of CMIT Technology Solutions, panel judge Jan Krzykwa of TCIS, The Complete Insurance Solution, FCBOE CTAE Coordinator Lisa Collins, SCHS teacher Melanie Duncan, SCHS student Ellie Klarl, Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow, and Fayette Chamber President and CEO Virginia Gibbs.

Student teams from four Fayette County high schools participated in the April 2 county competition of The Entrepreneurship Project, a Fayette Chamber of Commerce program designed to encourage and recognize students with an entrepreneurial spirit who desire to start a business someday.

Ellie Klarl, of Sandy Creek High School, was named the winner of the county competition for her business plan for Paws & Claws Pet Ranch. Melanie Duncan, SCHS Career & Technology teacher, also won recognition as the instructor for the winning student/team.

Each Fayette County high school was invited to create teams of students tasked with developing a new business idea, writing a business plan, creating promotional material, and presenting the projections of running their particular business venture to a mock panel of directors/investors. Student teams competed first at the high school level, with a winning team from each school selected to compete at the county level.

At the county competition, teams from McIntosh High School, Sandy Creek High School, Starrs Mill High School, and Whitewater High School gave oral presentations about their business plans and answered questions from a panel of judges comprised of business leaders and owners from Fayette County. The winner received a $250 gift card. The Entrepreneurship Project was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City.

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To the students, teachers, and supportive parents. This is an outstanding Rotary Club activity!