Area students in entrepreneur contest


Three local students will participate in an entrepreneurship competition Thursday at Wilson Education Center in Charlestown.

Brownstown Central High School seniors Sarah Rollins and Sophie Kreis, who won the Jackson County Maverick Challenge and placed third at regional with their concept for Romantique jumpsuits and rompers, will be among the competitors.

Trinity Lutheran High School sophomore Michael Claycamp also will be there to present on Aquapon.

Rollins and Kreis won $2,750 through the Maverick Challenge, and Claycamp won $1,250.

At Thursday’s competition, students in grades 9 through 12 competing as individuals or a team of no more than three people will vie for a chance to win a prize package worth more than $100,000. That includes scholarships, internships, mentoring and cash prizes.

Ball State University, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and the Indiana Department of Education have partnered to create the high school student competition for Indiana’s future entrepreneurs.

More than 290 students from 65 high schools registered to participate in this inaugural competition, and more than 80 teams submitted video pitches to be considered in the first round.

Of those pitches, no more than 10 teams were selected to represent their respective regions in Round 2 of the competition. That includes Rollins, Kreis and Claycamp.

Pitches, which start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, will be open to the public. The Wilson Education Center is at 2101 Grace Ave., Charlestown.

The state finals is set for April 9.

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