Three 16-year-olds from this Kansas town just beat about 90 percent of the competition at a national high school business class convention in California. The business model they designed for their fishing-lure company was up against those of many older students, some from private schools in major U.S. cities, at the Future Business Leaders of America conference in Anaheim.
Now, the teens are back in Kansas with the goal of growing the company by improving the product, packaging, promotions and sales in retail stores and online. Even beyond the next school year, Gabe Backhus, McKenzie Shippy and Emilie Roe are talking about ways this business experience will help them through college and into adult careers.
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