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MHS Young Entrepreneurs Swim with the Sharks

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Shark Tank at Maricopa High School was a huge success. More than 30 young entrepreneurs came out to present their business ideas to experienced entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as families throughout the community.The audience at the event invested Ram Dollars into the businesses they felt could be successful in the near future. Five business ideas made it to the stage:

Terynika Williams-Gillespie, High Rollers Roller Rink

Bianca Arnett, Forever Earrings backless earring implant

Lauryn Vela, Virtual Professor research app

Valeria Ortiz, Reina De Belleza at home beauty guru

Brianna Walker, Clean Bri’s cleaning and minor repair service


The top five had the opportunity to hear “shark” feedback and offers. Scott Bartle of InMaricopa offered three students $1000 in advertising. Owner of Ace Hardware Mike Richey invested only in Brianna Walker’s business idea. Gaveth Kerlin, manager of Bead and Berry Coffee House offered think-space and free coffee to several student businesses, and awarded Clean Bri’s $100 cash award. Chamber of Commerce CEO Marla Lewis provided complimentary chamber memberships to both Valeria Ortiz and Brianna Walker. Dan Beach, executive director of the Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship offered client status to Forever Earrings and Clean Bri’s.


Besides the marketing program, other CTE programs pitched in to assist in the event. MHS Culinary provided delicious appetizers and drinks for guests; MHS Broadcast filmed the entire event and uploaded the show to YouTube; and Technical Theater provided the flawless lighting and sound production for the event.


Thank you to all student entrepreneurs and volunteers who helped make this outstanding event happen!




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