For the second straight year, LHS Leading EDGE High School students took away top honors at the Launch LaGrange competition. The competition is a “Shark Tank” style competition for high school students in LaGrange county.
The business team of Shipshewana Pedicabs made up of LHS students Isaiah Lehman, Erik Mellinger and Josh Grogg impressed the panel of judges with their business plan to operate five pedaled cabs throughout the summer in downtown Shipshewana. The students plan was to use the $5,000 prize to purchase a trailer to store the Pedicabs during off hours. In addition to the prize money, the students were offered multiple scholarships to various colleges and universities throughout northeast Indiana.
Junior, Manny Rangel and Freshmen, Danny Lewis were the other two teams to represent Lakeland High School against much tougher competition than the previous year. Manny’s idea was to start a modern advertising company and Danny was going to create a GPS bracelet that would help to protect children. Both students had great business ideas and put a lot of effort into their presentations.
Lakeland High School is very proud of each of the participants. It takes a lot of courage and a willingness to take risks to develop a business idea and to pitch that idea to a panel of judges and a crowded meeting room. Each of our students represented LHS well by demonstrating work ethic, critical thinking and communication skills. The Launch LaGrange competition is a perfect example of what our students are capable of because of the New Tech model and our project based learning environment. We look forward to incorporating this competition more directly into our curriculum in future years.