FHS Team Wins Business Contest
RUSSELLVILLE — Team Tropez from Farmington High School emerged as the overall winner among a field of 11 finalists that competed in the Arkansas Tech University High School Business Challenge at the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall in Russellville on April 6.
Team members Tanner Green, Coleman Warren and Caleb Williams, all seniors at Farmington High Career Academies, captured the $500 first prize.
The annual contest, which is presented by the ATU College of Business, provides high school students with an opportunity to develop a marketable idea, create a business plan and then present it to a panel of judges.
Criteria includes the quality of the business start-up or expansion idea, organization and structure, marketing, profitability, resources and professionalism.
The students’ entry was a start-up company called Tropez, which would be a fusion restaurant that offered uniquely flavored dishes in the form of tacos, burritos, bowls and salads, according to Warren.
The team proposed opening Tropez on Dickson Street in Fayetteville and offering a new Tropez app that would allow customers to reserve a table and get an estimated time of arrival for when their food would be ready.
Teams from Bentonville High School, Clarksville High School, Mayflower High School, Russellville High School and Westside High School were among the finalists.
A total of 27 teams entered the 2018 ATU High School Business Challenge.
Sponsors for the event included Pope County Farm Bureau, Arvest, Textbook Brokers and Enactus.
Farmington High School seniors Caleb Williams, left, Coleman Warren and Tanner Green won first place in the 2018 Arkansas Tech University’s High School Business Challenge. They are pictured with Lisa Toms, dean of the ATU College of Business.