The Austin High School Maverick Challenge Team won the regional competition and became the first Maverick Challenge Team from Scott County to compete at State level. Pictured are Kiwanis member and team mentor, Dave Church, team members Michael Cissell, Gavin White & Jordan Meadows, and Austin High School Business teacher and Austin High School Key Club Faculty Advisor Chandra Talley. Their presentation was for a start up company, Cre’s Garden “Garden Like a God”. The team made their presentation to the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club at their regular dinner meeting at The Kitchen.
Maverick Challenge is a high school business planning competition for high school students in Southern Indiana including Austin and Scottsburg. The program aims to further develop the innovative spirit of our region by reaching out to high school students and showing them viable careeer opportunities through entrepreneurship. Working with Kiwanian Dave Church, business teachers Ms Talley in Austin and Ms Depreist and Mr Chrenshaw in Scottsburg, students had access to all the tools needed to take their business idea from a concept and develop it into a full business plan. Online tools were offered in the development phase of the project. Students had to present their business plan to judges Matt Carter, Kelly Dulaney (Kiwanis Corporate member Chamber of Commerce), Chris Garten (Kiwanis Corporate member from Signature Countertops) , Shelly Lakins (Kiwanis Corporate member from New Washington State Bank) and Ray Niehaus.
The Maverick Challenge teams from Austin and Scottsburg competed at MASPark on February 3rd and the top team won $500. The winning team from that competition then competed on Saturday in Columbus and won another $500.
This is a great opportunity to help students learn about viable career opportunities, networking with and being mentored by entrepreneurs in the community. Special thanks to the Maverick Challenge sponsors in Scott County: Genesis Plastic, New Washington State Bank (Kiwanis Corporate Member), MASPark, Scottsburg Kiwanis Club and the Scott County Chamber of Commerce (Kiwanis Corporate Member).
The Kiwanis members appreciated the presentation and expressed their pride in the achievements of this outstanding team.