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Local YEA competitors react to results
Washington, D.C. Three students from the Rochester area pitched their business ideas Wednesday with the hope of winning first place in a national scholarship competition held by the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
Thousands of students from across the country competed, but only eight students made it to the final round, including two from McQuaid Jesuit High School and one from Hilton High School.
The winner of the competition was Phoenix Haberdashery, reversible ties created by Riley Benner and Luke Zaremski, both from Rochester.
Words cant describe how I feel right now. Its hard for me to imagine that I now have a full ride to a college, a strong possibility to be on Shark Tank, we have an audition to it. Its just amazing, Riley Benner said.
Second place went to Drew Dehaven, CEO of CGE Energy and the Spice Kidz, 12 and 13 year old Liam and Eve Knight took third.
Noah Corette, the student from Hilton High School with his hand crafted game calls said that this is only the beginning for his business, Toller Brand Game Calls.
It was a great program, I had a lot of fun, and the other competitors did a good job too. You know what? Im happy with the outcome, Corette said.