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MCHS Students Selected For Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

(left to right) Andrew Farmer, Mariane Puertollano, and Robert Powless.


McCracken County High School has announced three students have been selected to attend the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs this summer at Northern Kentucky University.


MCHS juniors selected are Andrew Farmer, Robert Powless, and Mariane Puertollano.


The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs is a highly competitive summer program where Kentucky high school students focus on product innovation and business model design.


Participants are selected through a competitive process that does not consider grade-point average or test scores, and the experience is free for all participants.


GSE’s application is structured to identify creative problem-solvers who want to roll up their sleeves and dive head-first into creating something meaningful.


GSE’s first session will run from June 11- July 1 and the second session on July 9-29 at Northern Kentucky University (NKU).


Opening to its first group of students in 2013, GSE is a relative newcomer on the list of Kentucky’s Governor’s Schools. Students are taught the opportunities, benefits, and pitfalls of taking a business concept from the idea phase to pitching it to potential investors. During the program, teams of students develop a business model, design a prototype and pitch their startups to a panel of judges.


Dozens of alumni have chosen to enroll in entrepreneurial programs at Kentucky universities and attribute this decision to the inspiration they received by attending GSE in high school. Through partnerships with collegiate partners, GSE provides more than $5 million in scholarship funding opportunities to Kentucky high school students each year. GSE fosters and empowers the commonwealth’s future business owners and community leaders, giving these teens the support, they need to go from high school students to business owners.



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