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Students’ creativity, innovation recognized

Sixteen business plans from fifth- and sixth-grade gifted and talented students at Carlisle Elementary were submitted to the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation to participate in the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) program.

Y.E.S. for Arkansas is a statewide business plan competition where students in grades five through eight can showcase their creativity, intuition, and innovation. The competition is designed to encourage Arkansas students to act upon their ideas and talents in order to produce tomorrow’s businesses. This approach encourages students to apply what they learn in school to a real world setting.

There were a total of 204 business plans submitted from schools all across the state. Six companies from Carlisle Elementary were selected among the top 26 in the state of Arkansas. The following companies were selected: Beautiful Infinity created by fifth graders, Izzy Blair and Jana Tarter. B.L.O.B. created by Konner Elmore, also a fifth grader. Drew’s Awesome Loofahs created by sixth grader, Drew Sanders. Lovable Learning Laces created by Rachel Means, also a sixth grader. Mini’s Delicious Donuts created by sixth grader, Josie Fortner. And finally, Pencil Pockets, which was created by a fifth grader, Leigh Ann Wolfe.

These six companies will now compete in the Y.E.S. Expo on Jan. 17 at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock. The public is invited to attend as each company’s products will be sold from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the mall. Awards will be given for best business plan, most innovative product, best booth display, and best marketing piece. The awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.

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