December 16, 2009

24 TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESSES

The Neeley School of Business at TCU has chosen 24 Texas high school entrepreneurs as finalists for the TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards scholarship, out of a field of 80 applicants from high schools across the state. In addition, 29 students received Honorable Mention certificates. A complete list of the 24 finalists’ names, high schools,cities and businesses is below.

The 24 finalists will participate in TCU Young Entrepreneur Days on campus, February 21-22, 2010, where they will consult with successful entrepreneurs, learn about TCU’s award-winning entrepreneurship program and experience college life. The students will be interviewed by a panel of judges who select the six award recipients. The Grand Award winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, and five winners receive $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships are doubled for those who attend TCU. The awards banquet will take place February 22, 5:30 pm, at the Brown-Lupton University Union.

The Neeley School of Business has been named in the Top 25 Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs by Fortune Small Business (September 2008), and ranked No. 18 in the nation for Best Undergraduate Business Specialties: Entrepreneurship by U.S.News & World Report (August 2009). Since its inception in 2002, the TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year program has attracted hundreds of students to TCU, allowing them to hone their business skills and broaden their knowledge and impact. Several graduates have been featured in local and national media for their ongoing success.

David Minor, entrepreneur in residence at the Neeley School of Business and the founder of the TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year program, said, “The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center honors the entrepreneurial spirit in Texas youths because we know what a vital force entrepreneurship is to the economy, and what it means to these students to realize their dreams of independent success.”

For more information on the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, the TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, visit www.nep.tcu.edu.

2010 TCU Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Finalists

Carter Blackburn
Senior, Memorial High School, Houston
Business: CB Magic

Matt Burke
Junior, The Oakridge School, Arlington
Business: Parks Production Company

Cody Conrado
Senior, Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park
Business: Cody’s Shoe Crib

William Cummings
Senior, Evant High School, Gatesville
Business: WC Investments

Chad Currie
Senior, William B. Travis High School, Richmond
Business: Chad’s Lawn Care

Majisty Dennis
Senior, Desoto High School, Desoto
Business: Majisty Mime Academy International

Sophie Galant
Senior, Greenhill School, Dallas
Business: Kids Teach Kids

Karime Garcia
Senior, St. Augustine High School, Laredo
Business: Mod Café and Penguinz

Page Gregory
Senior, Memorial High School, Houston
Business: Wire Hill Designs

Nicholas Henney
Senior, Granbury High School, Granbury
Business: Henney Boys Lawn Service

Austin Hochstatter
Senior, Westwood High School, Austin
Business: Watch Your Head Productions

Eric Iselt
Senior, Georgetown High School, Georgetown
Business: GBA Landscaping

Forest James
Junior, Austin High School, Austin
Business: West Austin Shaved Ice

Jarrin Lawton
Senior, Saint Pius X Catholic HS, Stafford
Business: Jarrin’s Pressure Washing Service

Kyle Lemons
Senior, Colorado High School, Colorado City
Business: Mitchell Investments

Joseph Lewis
Sophomore, Bellaire High School, Houston
Business: The People Person

Gabrielle McBay
Senior, Desoto High School, Desoto
Business: Crumbstious

Michael McClary
Senior, Senior Judson High School, Converse
Business: Need Help, I Can Help

William McCraney
Senior, Robert E. Lee High School, Midland
Business: Conversion Production

Cody Miller
Junior, Parish Episcopal School, Dallas
Business: RC Jams

Ryan Pearlman
Junior, Parish Episcopal School, Dallas
Business: RC Jams

Steven Post
Junior, Lockhart High School, Lockhart
Business: Post Brothers Lawn Service

Sohail Prasad
Senior, TX Academy of Math & Science, Plano
Business: The Pirate Box

Clayton Zak
Senior, Hurst L. D. Bell High School, Bedford
Business: Clayton Zak Inc.

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