CMS Enterpreneurship Competition
The 1st Annual Thomas County Entrepreneurship competition, sponsored by the Thomas County Economic Development Department and headed by Christy Preston, was held on Thursday, March 12.  It was a huge success!

This tradeshow was a 120-minute event where the students (8th graders) had the opportunity to pitch their business or product to a panel of judges.  The judges visited each student or team and evaluated their business plan, displays, and ability to discuss their business/product idea.  

The students were judged on the following:
       1. Business Plan
       2. Elevator Pitch
       3. Tradeshow Presentation and Questioning

Colby Middle School had a total of 37 entries. The students worked so hard and did an amazing job!  The following awards were presented upon conclusion of the competition:

1st Place ($500) ~ L. Hamilton with Capmo Hobbies and Agriculture Services

2nd Place ($300) ~ K. Wahlmeier with Natural Skin Care Products

3rd Place ($200) ~ B. Alexander, J. Tubbs, A. Reed, J. Pangaliman with Pooch Emporium

A. Carney came in 4th place and received $100 for the Rural Development Award with her daycare business called Lexi's Tot's 'R' Us Daycare.

K. Garrett and R. Meyers received $100 for Most Creative and Outside the Box Business.

N. Douglass and S. Westcott received $50 for Most Creative Display.

S. Boutte received $100 for The People's Choice Award.

Our top four placers have secured a spot in the Regional competition to be held in Leoti, Ks, May 6 where they will have the opportunity to earn additional money placing in the top three.  1st place will receive $2,500, 2nd place will receive $1,250, and 3rd place will receive $750 along with other awards.  

Colby Middle School 8th grade students currently have five other teams that are applying to secure a spot in the Regional competition as well.