A Grean Bag made from recycled shipping Styrofoam.
Customized Spirit Stickums.
Creamline milk, ice cream and butter from Sun Valley Creamery.
Those were the three finalists in the first Franklin County High School Business Challenge Wednesday morning at Franklin County Career and Technology Center.
After five-minute “Shark Tank” style presentations and questions from the judges, first place, and $750, was awarded to the Greencastle-Antrim High School team that created the Grean Bag: Grean Seats, Clean World. Collin Griffin, Matt Lynerd, Austin Straley, Dylan Starkey and Nick Starkey want to cut the amount of polystyrene going into landfills by turning it into “comfy furniture.” The name is a play on “green” and “bean bag.”
They projected their company would see a net profit of more than $100,000 a year in three years.
“We’re turning an unfriendly product into something useful,” said Griffin, the company president.
G-AHS teacher Eric Brennan was the team’s adviser and Jack Scott, retired co-owner of LSI Controls in Waynesboro, was the mentor.
Scott said he always likes seeing young men and women succeed and part of being a company president is to develop new leaders.
The challenge was designed by the Community Education Coalition of Franklin “to encourage students to create their own fictional, yet profitable and sustainable business plans. This task allows students to exercise both creative thinking and critical analysis skills in establishing plans for sustainable enterprise that are socially and environmentally responsible and financially effective.”
The three finalists, including two from James Buchanan High School, were chosen from eight business proposals that also came from Chambersburg Area School District and Franklin County Career and Technology Center.
Second place and $500 went to Spirit Stickums (What’s Your Passion? Let Us Make It Stick) easily personalized vinyl stickers created by Sydney Benedick, Maggie Strawoet and Thatcher Stevens of James Buchanan. Many companies make stickers, but Spirit Stickums can customize a sticker with a name or number — such as JB 20 on a soccer ball — for just $8.
Sun Valley Creamery (creamline milk, ice cream and butter), by JB’s Zach Sauder, Kelsey Stewart, Dakota Chilcote, Brock Heckman and Carson Ocker, placed third and received $200. They want to sell the products on a farm along Route 416 between Mercersburg and Hagerstown and to capitalize on agri-tourism.
“We were very impressed with all three presentations,” said Judge L. Michael Ross. “All three teams did a great job.”
Ross was joined by Stephen J. Holoviak, Ph.D., business and management professor; and Cheryl Young of the Small Business Development Center at Shippensburg University.