Young entrepreneurs

Roseville Area High School students faced off May 22, in an entrepreneurship competition that granted each group from $750 to $1,000 in start-up funds to help them implement their plans for improving the school and community.

The four Roseville High School teams that participated were:

• Food Shelf Venture, which is working to start a pantry at Roseville Area High School to provide food and toiletries to students and their families. It was awarded $1,000 in start-up funding. Team members are Rada Kolarova, Laura Wilberts, Grace Alexander, and Martha Teka. 

• Courtyard Venture, which is planning to rebuild the deck, install a peace pole, and use native plants to make the school's courtyard a living classroom accessible to students, teachers and staff. It won $1,000 in start-up funding. Team members include Nikkolas Aries, Debranique Pitter, and Lois Estrada-Guzman. 

• Homecoming Traditions Venture, which wants to create positive new homecoming traditions to reduce incidents of bullying and create an inclusive school culture. Homecoming Traditions Venture, including Julian Lopez, Rhema Dapaah, Andrea Loera.  Awarded $800 in start-up funding.

• Moon Walk Venture, a new initiative of the Earth Group, is planning a fun evening walk fundraiser to increase community awareness of simple steps to be green while raising funds to improve the sustainability of the school. The judges awarded this team $750 in start-up funding. Team members are Rada Kolarova and Grace Alexander.

The purpose of the program is to encourage and support students in their quest for their school to become a "changemaker" school, according to officials at Youth Venture and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

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