A total of nine middle and high school students have graduated from the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Academy.
Students in the program learn over the course of the academic year how to start and run their own businesses. They learn how to develop ideas, write business plans, pitch to potential investors and obtain funding. By the end of the year, students run fully operational businesses.
The latest graduates are Michael Ash, East Middle School; Andrea Chamorro, Palisade High School; Jacqueline Cole, Grand Junction High School; Lindsey Garchar and Kohl Hagee, both from the Fruita 8-9 school; Megan Garchar and Dean VanWinkle, both from Fruita Monument High School; Madelyn Swelstad, Caprock Academy, and Katie Hartter, a home-schooled student.
Swelstad was among the semi-finalists at a regional competition in Phoenix in which YEA participants pitched their businesses.