A statewide panel of judges have selected 17 students to move to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.     

Students had the opportunity to submit their ideas in a 250-word online summary to compete in Phase 1 of the contest. Professionals from across the state acted as judges, provided feedback, scored the ideas and selected the top 17 to move on to Phase 2. 

Students advancing to the next round, and the names of their plan, are: Alice Delcorp, Alice, Southern Door High School, Brussels; Jon Graham, Car Exhaust Purifier, Madison East High School; Ashley Weihert, Child Care, North Crawford High School, Soldiers Grove; Tyler Ebert, Citadel Systems Security, D.C. Everest High School, Schofield; Sydney Faris, Costume Shop Creation, LIFE Charter School, Hartland; Kirstin Arbogast, Cuppa Jitters, Lumen Charter High School, Ripon; Tyler Jeschke, Emergency Vehicle Indicator, Nathan Hale High School, West Allis; Patrick Folzag, Farmers Market, LIFE Charter School, Hartland; Earnest Bos, Hoof Knife and Eco Clipper, St. Joseph School, Fort Atkinson; Jared Lau, Jared’s Mobile Bait Shop, Southern Door High School, Brussels; Seth Sullivan, Local Green, Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School, Sun Prairie; Kayla Kinney, Pretty For Par Boutique, Madison Memorial High School; Austin Weidner, Price Rite Berries, Southern Door High School, Brussels; Luke Gardner, Running with Scissors, North Crawford High School, Soldiers Grove; Chris Reed, Skate Shop, Nathan Hale High School, West Allis; Hunter Johnson, Solar Still Greenhouse, Adams-Friendship High School; Ryan Cray, Sun Spot Lots, Madison Edgewood High School

Phase 2 will require students to develop their business plan in more detail in a 1,000-word executive summary.

The top finishers in Phase 2 will compete by preparing a business presentation to deliver to judges in late May. The winners will be announced June 6, 2012, at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Milwaukee.

The contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and sponsored by WEA Trust, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority.

Modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, Wisconsin YES! is designed to teach students how innovation in science and technology fields can be developed into plausible business plans. It is an opportunity for students to explore the connections between science, technology, and entrepreneurship and for educators and judges to cultivate an interest in these arenas.

Visit www.wisconsinyes.com to learn more.