TIFFIN — A team from Mohawk High School recently was named the winner of the inaugural business challenge at Heidelberg University, Tiffin.
As part of its spring Patricia Adams lecture series, Heidelberg University honored local women entrepreneurs and recognized 21 high school students who participated in the first business challenge.
The winning team was Jena Ochier, Allison Price and Aubrey Ward, of Mohawk High School. Their teacher and adviser is Henry Stobbs.
For the inaugural business challenge, seven teams of three — five from Mohawk High School and two from Columbia High School — demonstrated their business knowledge and proficiency and received feedback on their presentation skills from business professionals.
Students were asked to determine a price point and promotional and sales strategies based on a photograph and a brief description of a product basket, the release said. Each team gave a short presentation to a three-judge panel, which included Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller, Heidelberg marketing professor Dr. Mary Lou Kohne and Cheryl Krueger, founder and former CEO of Cheryl & Co., a cookie, gourmet dessert and gift basket retailer.
For the third year, Heidelberg honored local women who have made an impact in their communities through professional success in business, according to a press release from the university. This year, the university chose five local women and one third-grader who demonstrated innovation, vision and service to the community.
The winners of this year’s women entrepreneur awards are Lydia Ridner, of Krout Elementary School, young entrepreneur; Jessica Williams, of Bailiwicks Coffee Company, Tiffin, start-up entrepreneur; Kathy Hunt, of Elmwood Communities, and Carol Yager and Judy Smith,. of Crystal Traditions of Tiffin Inc., established entrepreneurs; and Judy Theis, Community Civic Center, lifetime achievement.
Krueger was the keynote speaker for the overall event.