FHS Team Wins Busi­ness Con­test

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS -

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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