Graves Hi duo wins state PLTW contest

Graves County High School’s team of Hunter Goree and Jeremy Shield won a statewide Project Lead The Way contest for their safety harness tree stand design concept. Twelve teams of two to three students each participated in the final phases of the contest. GCHS also sent a team of Daniel Moreland and Ryan Gann as well as a team of Alex Beck and Matthew Moreno to the final competition in mid-March at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Each of the 12 final groups “pitched” its product design and business strategy to a panel of judges through a five-minute presentation. Each team also was required to defend its project during a question and answer session. Judges included business professionals, entrepreneurs, professors, and educators. Pitch criteria included the strength, creativity, and uniqueness of the team’s idea and/or technology; appropriate description and knowledge of the target market; a revenue model, demonstrating how the venture would generate profits; and the overall quality of the presentation. The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship provided cash prizes, including $500 for the first place team and $500 for the team’s advisor/teacher.

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