Brownstown teen business planners earn county honors


Tribune photo by Aubrey Woods / Sponsors of this year's Maverick Challenge for Jackson County gathered with the top two finishers for an awards presentation Monday at Brownstown Central High School. Those on hand are from left, Ray Eakin and Susie Glasgow with Old National Bank; Morgan Tabor who took the second-place prize of $1,500; Emily Newberry and Laken Johnson, who took the top prize of $2,000; Wil Spray with The Peoples Bank; and Jackie Hill, workforce director for Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. The corporation's workforce partnership sponsors the county competition with the help of the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce and the Brownstown Chamber of Commerce sponsor the county competition. Funding sponsors are Jackson County Bank, MainSource Bank, Old National Bank, The Peoples Bank and EcO15.

Three Brownstown Central High School students recently earned the right to compete in the regional Maverick Challenge by winning at the county level.

Laken Johnson and Emily Newberry finished first with their business plan for Jelly & Toast and won $2,000. Morgan Tabor finished second and received $1,000 for her Pink Brave business plan.

The remaining finalists each received $100. They were Trinity Lutheran students Brooke Thompson and Shelby Nierman, Long Lane Farm’s Mooville; Brownstown Central’s Levi Bays and Tai Pham, NE-Seatbelts; Brownstown Central’s Shelbie Burchett and Crystal Broughton, BB & Co.; Trinity Lutheran’s Chaz Mathis and Matthew Pinnow, M&C Monuments LLC; and Seymour’s Yiqian “Ted” Chen, Statstek.

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