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2012 Program

This year 38 students came from all parts of Ohio as well as from Pennsylvania and Michigan, representing 30 high schools.  They competed in nine teams to present a new restaurant concept. Each member of the winning team receives a $1000 scholarship valid if they choose to enroll in Kent State University’s College of Business for their Freshmen year.

About the Judges:
YBS Judges

     On the final day of the program, each team presented its
     restaurant concept to a panel of four judges.  Volunteering
     for this were Veronica Cook-Euell, Supply Diversity
     Program Manager at Kent State; Eli Faes, Public Affairs
     Director with  the Ohio Board of Regents; Tara Regan
     from the Akron Urban League;  and Craig Zamery,
     an  Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Kent’s
     College of Business.
The Team Coaches:
YBS Team Judges

      Each of the nine student teams was assigned a coach.
      The coaches were College of Business undergraduate
      students who helped the student teams to develop their
      concepts and to plan for the final presentation.  The
      coaches were:  Sarah Fortner, Michael Kerlee, D’Angelo
      McCornell, Jesse Ray, Lauren Romick, Daniel Rosbottom,
      Gabrielle Mingrone, Andrew Jennings and Erin Sebrell.


The Winning Teams:
YBS Winning Team

    The winning team presented an idea
    for an outstanding new restaurant.
    Congratulations to: Barnabas  (BJ)
    Brennan a Senior at Cornerstone
    Christian Academy; Leandrea Udley
    a Junior at Twinsburg High School;
    Lacey Estle a Senior at Ashland High
    School ; Joshua Heiferling a
    Sophomore at Kenston High School;
    and Nicole Lutz a Senior at Stow-
    Munroe Falls High School.

YBS 2nd Team
     The second place team members
     were: Zane Doleh a Junior at North
     Royalton High School; Alexis Drees
     a Junior at Kenston High School;
     Allison Montgomery a Senior at
     Theodore Roosevelt High School;
     Jack Nee a Senior at Orange High
     School; and Samantha Sandone a
     Senior at Hudson High School.
YBS 3rd Team

     And, rounding out the top three
     competitors were: Ryan Meier a
     Senior at Medina High School;
     Imokhai Okolo a Senior at Firestone
     High School; Melanie Sonntag a
     Senior at Wadsworth High School;
     and Niara Stitt a Junior at Copley
     High School.