Friday, March 6, 2015

Sofia Chang is Pacific Grove's young entrepreneur of the year

About 123 Pacific Grove Middle School students entered the Pacific Grove Young Entrepreneurs Award.

And the top honor went to Sofia Chang, with her business "Solely Sofia," through which she designs, manufactures and markets tiny crocheted animals.

Sofia, you rock. And your tiny animals too.

Second place went to Matthew Rivera, for his business idea "Pinch Pot Party" which brings arts and crafts  parties where guests leave with a souvenir of their making to take home.

The third place went to Chris Matthews, whose business essay "Red Wedge" proposes how a small idea can have big potential with a smart marketing program.

Students earning honorable mentions were:

Fiorin Ballerini, "Fiosters" Coasters mad from used Legos.
Camryn Wood, "Bee Chill Beauty," A Beauty Product Line.
Jacob Alt, "CA Bike Cam," A website for mountain bikers to sample the trails via GoPro video before they go.
Luke Herzog, "Bookmark it," Custom bookmarks made on-line.
Max Afifi, "Dryer Dryer Scent Pillows," Lavender sachets sturdy enough for the dryer.
Beckett Sobok, "Kits for Kids," Kits filled with activities and smiles for kids in the hospital.
Madeline Ericson, "Comics for a Cause," A series of comic books geared towards teaching valuable lessons about nature.
Freddy Albert, "Doggie Packs," Custom made dog back packs.

Launched in 1996, the Young Entrepreneurs Award stimulates Pacific Grove students’ interest in business and serves to better prepare them for entering the work force or college. The awards presentation was held this year on Tuesday at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in Pacific Grove. The presentation acknowledged approximately 123 Pacific Grove Middle School students who entered this year’s competition. The top three winners earned $300, $200, and $100 respectively, and each honorable mention $25.

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