Marshall County High School Students Win $50K Entrepreneur Scholarship

Aug 17, 2018

Marshall County High School students are receiving a $50,000 scholarship for winning first place in the Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Entrepreneurship Challenge. 

The challenge is a statewide business pitch competition for high school students.

Sophomore Claire Harmon and Junior Daniel Sills will split the scholarship money for their idea to digitize historical markers across the Commonwealth.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton presented the champion trophy Friday which included an inscribed dedication to Preston Cope and Bailey Holt-- the two students who lost their lives in the January shooting at the school.

Principal Patricia Greer addressed Hampton and students during the dedication.  

“Of course it’s very special to us to have two students who worked this hard to win this, I mean we got to give credit to them- this was their hard work and their family supported them," Greer said. "And this is the kind of thing you can accomplish guys when you want to work hard.”

Hampton said the Kentucky Tourism Board wants to pursue Harmon and Sill’s idea to digitize historical markers across the state.

High school students interested in entering the 2019 entrepreneurship challenge must register by December 3 this year, and submit a business plan accompanied by a short video by February 20, next year.