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Polar Pitch and Poster Competition winners named

Feb 15, 2011

ONU Entrepreneurship Director Dr. Tammy Schakett discusses the competition and the unique
opportunity it affords students at Ohio Northern University.

The winners of the Ohio Northern University’s James F. Dicke College of Business Administration entrepreneurial idea pitch and poster competition for area high school and college students have been announced. The competition took place Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Sarah Bachwitz, a senior international business and economics major from Buffalo, N.Y., garnered the $250 top prize for best pitch. Adam Yunker, a senior marketing major from Holland, Ohio, won the $250 prize for best poster.

The $50 best-pitch winners were Kendra Zedaker, a junior accounting major from Bryan, Ohio, Jon Portz, a sophomore sports management major from Strongsville, Ohio, Lauren Frick, a sophomore international business and economics major from Waterville, Ohio, Henri Sarvela, a marketing major from Helsinki, Finland, and Kaitlyn Super, a second-year pharmacy major from Rocky River, Ohio. The best poster winners were John Stanovich, a senior management major from Elida, Ohio, Jeanette Weisz, a senior marketing major from Clyde, Ohio, and Joseph Haaf, an international business and economics major from Milsbeek, Netherlands.

In the high school category, the winners were Aaron Simon, the overall winner who won a $3,000 renewable scholarship, Steven Cole, the society category winner who won a $1,500 renewable scholarship, and Chelsea Jolliffe, the technology category winner who won a $1,500 renewable scholarship.

All prizes were made possible through the generosity of the Kern Family Foundation.

The ONU idea pitch competition requires students to prepare a 90-second presentation, and the ONU poster competition requires a two-minute presentation followed by a three-minute question-and-answer session from the judges. The high school competitors are given five minutes to present their ideas followed by a five-minute question-and-answer session from the judges. Ideas fall into one of the following categories: improvement of society anywhere in the world, improvement of human health care for any group on the planet, use of technology to improve our lives, improvement to the delivery of the arts or education to the global community, and the creation of new businesses and jobs.

These competitions aim to encourage creativity, innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset in our next generation of business and civic leaders while challenging the best young minds from across the United States to create and share ideas for improving our world.

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