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Three Wichita students win grants at Youth Entrepreneurs national competition


Youth Entrepreneurs logo Three students from Wichita Public Schools high schools have won grants during the first Youth Entrepreneurs national competition.

Nick Flores, a junior from Wichita East High School, was awarded $4,000; Sara Nambo, a sophomore from Wichita North High School, was awarded $2,500; and Tate Miller, a sophomore from Wichita North High School, was awarded $1,000 at the inaugural Youth Entrepreneurs Summit Big Idea National Competition held June 21. Each was named a national champion. 

A national contest for high school entrepreneurs, the Big Idea competition represents the culmination of months of hard work by student participants to develop their boldest and most innovative business ideas. The Big Idea finals were a national stage for students to pitch their business proposals and put their entrepreneurial skills in action for a panel of expert judges. Youth Entrepreneurs is a year-long, high school elective program that instills the business skills, creative risk-taking and personal values necessary to succeed in today’s market — and in life. 

Flores’ Kestrel Aerial drone industrial inspection services, Nambo’s Nu-FIT Sheet System for bedding and Miller’s Custom Plants were selected by the panel of experts for their ingenuity, thorough business strategy and level of value creation. Each intends to use the grant award to invest in their businesses.   

“Our YE Summit student participants have been incredibly principled in the pursuit of their ideas,” said YE President Kylie Stupka, “Nick, Sara and Tate’s enthusiasm about their ideas has left such a strong impact on their school, peers and community — encouraging others to follow their passions and become leaders.”

See a photo album of the winners.