College students Win Youth Entrepreneurship Problem


A group of Salina USD 305 students have been recognized for their entrepreneurship.

According to the school district, Salina’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) has fluidly adapted to COVID-19 restrictions for the benefit of USD 305 students. As in previous years, YEC presented students with practical experience in entrepreneurial thinking.

Instead of having a personal “Shark Tank” experience this year, students completed their projects and uploaded them to a virtual website for the judges to rate. Each team produced a video about their projects and replaced the requirements for live presentations in previous years.

Both middle and south college students have come up with their best creative ideas to build a bogus business. Working with business partners, the students created a budget, a business plan and a video presentation. Judges arranged by the Salina Chamber of Commerce assessed the projects virtually.

First place winner: Mason Bettles, Grade 11, South High School, business name: Bettles Mobile Detailing, teacher: Orlando Carmona

Runner-up (bound):

  • Adia Peck, 9th grade, Central High School, company name: Donkey Doo, teacher: Marysa McCartney
  • Haley Petty, Central High School 10th Grade, Company Name: Bigger Clothing, Teacher: Kelley Jones

Third place winner: Veronica Montoya, Grade 9, Central High School, Company Name: Release The Hounds Inc.,

Teacher: Marysa McCartney

Salina USD 305, NetWork Kansas and the Salina Chamber of Commerce are working together to make this available to Salina students. It’s another opportunity for students to learn about career paths they may not have considered, including becoming an entrepreneur.

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Mason Bettles

Haley Petty

Adia Peck and Veronica Montoya