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Local school’s ‘Shark Tank’ competition inspires youth entrepreneurship

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SCHOFIELD (WAOW)-- D.C. Everest Jr. High School 8th graders will pitch start-up ideas to local business leaders with hopes of getting funded in its annual 'Shark Tank' competition on Wednesday.

Nearly all 8th grade students at D.C. Everest Jr. high participate in the business start-up exercise as part of a mandatory business class. But those pitching their business ideas Monday are doing so voluntarily.

Many of the students find the creative process of creating a business to be the most fulfilling.

"I have a partner, and we would just bounce great ideas. Some ideas we refused. It was just the creative process in that was something really great to look forward to," said Tommy Yothsackda, an 8th grade student at D.C. Everest Jr. High School.

Some of the start-up ideas include a customizable sticker company, a shoe-cleaning service and a fabric company that makes blankets and scrunches to benefit local animals.

The students will have a chance to earn about $1,000 to split among the group, but its not the only thing they're gaining in the process.

"This class has been very helpful ... so now I know what it's like to start a business and what it takes to be an entrepreneur," said Sara Mlodik, another 8th grade student at D.C. Everest Jr. High School.

The event begins at 12:00 p.m. at D.C. Everest Jr. High School.

Chase McNamara

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