MTI Business Seniors Bring Home the Gold

Posted on: April 28, 2016

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 four seniors in the Marion Technical Institute Business and Finance Academy were awarded a gold medal for the 2016 State SkillsUSA Entrepreneur Competition in Lakeland, Florida.  Shamari Adams, Trista Cardenas, Shelby McCubbin and Tara Strickland earned first place for their Eventurous Planning Business Plan.  They have been invited to represent Florida at  the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, KY from June 19 - June 25, 2016. 

The students first developed their business plan idea as part of the Marion County Youth Business Plan Competition sponsored by the CEP.  In November of 2015, the students presented their plan to a group of Marion County business leaders and earned a second place award and $1000.  With the guidance of local business leaders and the encouragement to move forward, Adams, Cardenas, McCubbin and Strickland made adjustments to their party planning LLC and entered the SkillsUSA Regional Competition in February. 

According to MTI Business and Finance Instructor Keri Bowman, “These girls are on fire! They are an inspiration.  They took a typical class assignment and turned it in a winning product.  At MTI our core values are D.R.I.V.E. (Dedication, Respect, Integrity, Vision and Endurance.)  This project has brought out the best in these girls and given them real-world relevance to these essential values.”

For more information on how to donate to the fund to send the Eventurous Planning team to the National SkillsUSA Competition, please contact Keri Bowman or John Conway at MTI at 671-4765.  Donations will help alleviate costs for transportation and hotel accommodations.  

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