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MCHS students attend American Private Enterprise System events

The County Seat

MCHS students listen to local business owner Gwyn Artz as a part of the American Private Enterprise System events.


A group of MCHS juniors got a look into the world of entrepreneurship over two days last week as they visited local businesses and attended sessions aimed to explore aspects of business as part of the American Private Enterprise System (APES).

The group sat in on lectures concerning the economy, eCommerce, and LLC’s, among others.  Students also got an opportunity to do some business role-playing as they were given a scenario involving a business dilemma and presented their solutions to a mock board of directors.

On Friday the students spoke to business owners Jessica Taylor who owns and operates That Cute Little Shop and Gwyn Artz who owns and operates The County Seat about running a business in Lebanon.

That Cute Little Shop ownerLocal business owner Jessica Taylor speaks to students about owning and running a business.

Those students attending included: Santana Alvarez, Savannah Benningfield, Sierra Bickett, Laurel Brahm, Jenna Cecil, Abigail Cissell, Carly Clark, Sarah Clark, Mariella Curtis, Mya Emmons, Alyssa Followay, Emily Gordon, Hallie Hamilton, Jessah Hughes, Ashton Lanham, Cassidy Logsdon, Skylar Maddox, Chloe Mattingly, Kelly Miles, Shelly Norris, Alivea Peake, Abby Scott, Matthew Tharp,Lindsey Whitlock, and Travis Wiser

Four MCHS seniors -- Tiffany Bickett, Henry Hagan, Devon Jones, and Nick Sandusky -- also served as teen leaders for the event.

APES board caseStudents participate in a mock board case.

According to its website, the American Private Enterprise System “is developed and coordinated by the Kentucky Council of Cooperatives and the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Agricultural Economics Department. A primary program objective is to provide high school juniors, sometimes seniors, with an appreciation of cooperatives as one of the important forms of doing business in the American enterprise system.”


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