MEET OUR 2014 YEA! SAUNDERS SCHOLARS FINALISTS!

Noah Corette, CEO Toller Brand Game Calls
Greece Chamber of Commerce, New York


Noah Corette is a 16 year old CEO finishing up his sophomore year at Hilton High School. Noah, a Hamlin, New York native, crafts ducks calls using wood from his grandparents house. Noah is an avid outdoors-man and enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and sport shooting. Noah applied and was accepted into the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class hosted by the Greece Chamber of Commerce in Greece, New York.

Noah learned how to turn his passion for the outdoors into a REAL business in the YEA! class and is now the CEO of Toller Brand Game Calls. Noah's company offers its clients high quality game calls for the avid hunter. Toller Brand calls are designed by a hunter with top performance in mind. Noah is committed to offering high quality products at an affordable price. Noah pitched his business plan to a panel of investors at the YEA! Investor Panel, he received funding for his business and was selected as the YEA! Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist representing the YEA! Greece Chamber of Commerce class.

As a Saunders Scholars Finalist Noah competed at the Northeastern Regional YEA! Saunders Semi-Finals in Rochester, New York this May. Noah and Toller Brand Game Calls have been selected, out of 24 semi-finalist businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, June 11th, at America's Small Business Summit Noah will compete against 5 other Finalists, pitch his business to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and the opportunity to audition to present to the "sharks" on ABC Television's hit show Shark Tank!

In addition to running his company Noah also enjoys photography, computer programming and woodworking. Noah is a High Honor Roll student and has been named Student of the Month at his high school. He enjoys competing in an annual New York State Barbecue Competition. Noah resides in Hamlin, NY with his parents and sister, Haley.

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Drew DeHaven, CEO CGE Energy
Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, Texas


Drew is a 14 year old CEO finishing up the 8th grade at Colleyville Middle School in his suburban hometown, Colleyville, TX. When he isn't searching for the next big thing in solar power energy, Drew enjoys playing football, basketball, and running track. Drew was selected to attend the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), hosted by the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.

In YEA! Drew learned how to lunch and run his own business and is now the CEO of CGE Energy. CGE Energy provides Clean, Green and Emergency electricity. CGE makes generators, designed by CEO Drew DeHaven, that are powered by the sun. CGE Energy generators can power a standard light bulb for 3 days with a single charge. Drew pitched his company to a panel of investors and received funding and named the Grapevine YEA! Saunders Scholar Semi-Finalist.

As a Saunders Scholars Finalist Drew competed the Southern Regional YEA! Saunders Semi-Finals in Frisco, Texas. Drew and CGE Energy have been selected, out of 23 semi-finalists businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, June 11th, at America's Small Business Summit Drew will compete against 5 other Finalists, pitch his business to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and the opportunity to audition to present to the "sharks" on ABC Television's hit show Shark Tank!

While attending high school and running his own business Drew also serves as Vice President of his school's National Junior Honor Society. Drew is actively employed as an umpire for the Colleyville Baseball Association and helps to run the Vacation Bible School at his local church. Drew has attended and participated in the University Interscholastic League Math Competition as well as the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District Leadership Conference. Drew was invited to take the American College Testing (ACT) Exam as a seventh grader! He has won the Silver Key Award for the National Scholastic Essay Contest and has earned additional accolades, including "Student of the Year" Award for Accelerated History Class, as well as Coach's Pick award for "Stand Out Player". Drew was originally born in Fort Wayne, IN, has lived in New Braunfels, TX and currently resides with his parents and sister, Brooke, in Colleyville.

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Amrita Ram, CEO Fresh Steps
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Washington


Amrita Ram is a 16 year old student at Newport High School, heading into her senior year this fall. Amrita applied for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class, hosted by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, with a big idea! She was delighted to be accepted and have the opportunity to turn that big idea into a real business!

Amrita was inspired by children's sneakers that "light-up" as they walk. She knew that simple technology could be applied in a bigger way. And Fresh Steps was born--a piezoelectric tile system that can power a building off of the kinetic energy produced by people walking!

Amrita pitched her business plan to a panel of top business leaders at the Bellevue YEA! Investor Panel, where she received funding and was named the Bellevue YEA! Saunders Scholar Semi-Finalist. As a Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist, Amrita traveled to Frisco, Texas to compete in the Western Regional YEA! Saunders Semi-Finals Competition. Amrita and Fresh Steps have been selected, out of 23 semi-finalist businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, June 11th, at America's Small Business Summit Amrita will compete against 5 other Finalists, pitch her business to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and the opportunity to audition to present to the "sharks" on ABC Television's hit show, Shark Tank!

While attending high school and running her own business Amrita enjoys participating in her high school's Debate Club, Drama Club, and Eco Club. She has been appointed to the National Honor Society as well as the Global Youth Leader Institute, and has been awarded "Volunteer of the Quarter" by her local YMCA. She has attended The Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Conference and has competed in several Debate Competitions in the state of Washington.

Amrita resides in suburban Bellevue, WA with her parents and older brother.

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Brandon Boynton, CEO MostBeastly Studios, Head Developer of the Bully Box
Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Indiana


Brandon Boynton is 16 year old student at Pendleton Heights High School, heading into his junior year this fall. Brandon is a student at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class hosted by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce in Madison, Indiana. In the YEA! program Brandon turned his anti-bullying idea into a real business, MostBeastly Studios. Brandon's company launched its pioneering app, The Bully Box.

The Bully Box allows students to safely and anonymously report bullying to supervising adults. The app allows students to photograph incidents as they happen and report them immediately.

Brandon pitched his business plan to a panel of top business leaders at the Madison YEA! Investor Panel, where he received funding and was named the Madison YEA! Saunders Scholar Semi-Finalist. As a Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist Brandon traveled to Boca Raton, Florida to compete in the Southern Regional YEA! Saunders Semi-Finals Competition. Brandon and Bully Box have been selected, out of 24 semi-finalist businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, June 11th, at America's Small Business Summit Brandon will compete against 5 other Finalists, pitch his business to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and the opportunity to audition to present to the "sharks" on ABC Television's hit show, Shark Tank!

While attending high school and running his own business Brandon serves as class President, participates in Senior Beta Club, presides over the Steering and Prom Committees, writes for the school newspaper, is an on-air personality and assistant engineer at local radio station WEEM FM and serves on the School Board for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).

Brandon has a love for politics and technology and enjoys attending conferences. Brandon has spoken at Indianapolis Ed Camp and attended the Ivy Tech Educational Technology Conference. Apple even awarded Brandon a scholarship to attend the Worldwide Developer Conference this year in San Francisco, California. Brandon resides with his family in Pendleton, Indiana and has a younger sister, Brielle.

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Riley Benner, CEO Phoenix Haberdashery
University of Rochester, New York


Riley Benner is a 15 year old student at McQuaid Jesuit High School, heading into his junior year this fall. Riley is a student of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. In the YEA! class Riley turned his reversible necktie idea into a real business -Phoenix Haberdashery. Phoenix Haberdashery offers high-end, reversible, neck-ties. These revolutionary neck-ties are a great value and allow the wearer a "quick-change" in case of a spill or stain during the day.

Riley, and business partner Luke Zaremski pitched their business plan to a panel of top business leaders at the University of Rochester YEA! Investor Panel, where they received funding and were named the University of Rochester YEA! Saunders Scholar Semi-Finalist. As a Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist Riley competed at the Northeastern Regional YEA! Saunders Semi-Finals Competition in Rochester, New York. Phoenix Haberdashery has been selected, out of 23 semi-finalists businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, June 11th, at America's Small Business Summit Riley and Luke will compete against 5 other Finalists, pitch their business to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and the opportunity to audition to present to the "sharks" on ABC Television's hit show, Shark Tank!

While attending high school and running his business Riley enjoys playing hockey for his high school and local travel league and acting in plays. Riley has earned an academic letter for his achievements and work inside of the classroom, and has been appointed Head of Merchandise for the upcoming school year, making him in charge of all apparel and fan-wear. He has been accepted into the Geva Summer Academy. Riley was also invited to attend the Hugh O'Brian National Youth Leadership Conference this year. Riley enjoys giving back to his local church as a dedicated alter server. Riley resides with his family in Macedon, New York.

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Luke Zaremski, CFO Phoenix Haberdashery
University of Rochester, New York


Luke Zaremski is a 16 year old student at McQuaid Jesuit High School, heading into his junior year this fall. Luke is a student of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Luke's interest in business led him to apply to the YEA! class where he partnered with Riley Benner as CFO of Phoenix Haberdashery. Phoenix Haberdashery offers high-end, reversible, neck-ties. These revolutionary neck-ties are a great value and allow the wearer a "quick-change" in case of a spill or stain during the day.

Luke and business partner Riley Benner pitched their business plan to a panel of top business leaders at the University of Rochester YEA! Investor Panel, where they received funding and were named the University of Rochester YEA! Saunders Scholar Semi-Finalist. As a Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist Luke competed at the Northeastern Regional YEA! Saunders Semi-Finals Competition in Rochester, New York. Phoenix Haberdashery has been selected, out of 23 semi-finalists businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, June 11th, at America's Small Business Summit Luke and Riley will compete against 5 other Finalists, pitch their business to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and the opportunity to audition to present to the "sharks" on ABC Television's hit show, Shark Tank!

While attending high school and running his business Luke enjoys playing basketball, baseball and scuba diving. He has achieved a second degree black belt in martial arts and has attended the Steubenville Youth Conference. Luke resides in suburban Fairport, New York.

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Liam Knight, CFO The Spice Kidz
Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Florida


Liam Knight is a 13 year old student entering the 8th grade at Gulf Breeze Middle School this fall.
Liam was invited to attend the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class, hosted by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, for an opportunity to turn his passion into a real business!

Liam and his family moved to America from Ireland a few years ago and had to adjust to some changes, most of all, the different kinds of food! Liam loves to make curry, and when he discovered that his American friends had no idea what curry was, he was shocked! He was determined to start a business to introduce everyone to delicious and simple Indian Curry. Liam is the CFO of The Spice Kidz in partnership with his younger sister, CEO, Eve Knight.

Liam and Eve pitched their business plan to a panel of top business leaders at the Pensacola YEA! Investor Panel, where The Spice Kidz received funding and were named the Pensacola YEA! Saunders Scholar Semi-Finalist. As a Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist Liam traveled to Boca Raton, Florida with his sister to compete in the Southern Regional YEA! Saunders Semi-Finals Competition. The Spice Kidz have been selected, out of 24 semi-finalists businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, June 11th, at America's Small Business Summit Liam andEve will compete against 5 other Finalists, pitch their business to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and the opportunity to audition to present to the "sharks" on ABC Television's hit show, Shark Tank!

While attending middle school and running his business Liam enjoys participating in Math Team and playing soccer. He was on the A Honor Roll in 4th-7th grades, receiving the Award for Academic Achievement in 5th grade. He has competed with his school math team in local competitions and loves the challenge! Liam has an older brother, Brad, who serves in the Army, as well as a younger sister, Eve (the ‘other' Spice Kid). Liam resides in urban Gulf Breeze, Florida and spends his summers with his mother's family in Dublin, Ireland.

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Eve Knight, CEO The Spice Kidz
Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Florida


Eve Knight is a 12 year old student entering the 7th grade at Gulf Breeze Middle School this fall.
Eve was invited to attend the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class, hosted by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, for an opportunity to turn her passion into a real business!

Eve and her family moved to America from Ireland a few years ago and had to adjust to some changes, most of all, the different kinds of food! Eve loves to make curry--she thinks it is easier than making spaghetti! When she discovered that her American friends had no idea what curry was, she was shocked! She was determined to start a business to introduce everyone to delicious and simple Indian Curry. Eve runs The Spice Kidz in partnership with her older brother, CFO, Liam Knight.

Eve and Liam pitched their business plan to a panel of top business leaders at the Pensacola YEA! Investor Panel, where The Spice Kidz received funding and were named the Pensacola YEA! Saunders Scholar Semi-Finalist. As a Saunders Scholars Semi-Finalist Eve traveled to Boca Raton, Florida with her brother to compete in the Southern Regional YEA! Saunders Semi-Finals Competition. The Spice Kidz have been selected, out of 24 semi-finalists businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, June 11th, at America's Small Business Summit Eve will compete against 5 other Finalists, pitch her business to a panel of legendary entrepreneurs, for an opportunity to win college scholarships, business start-up prize packages, and the opportunity to audition to present to the "sharks" on ABC Television's hit show, Shark Tank!

While attending middle school and running her business Eve enjoys being a part of the swim team and playing both piano and trombone. She is an A Honor Roll student and took first place overall with her school by competing in the Science Olympiad in Orlando, Florida! Eve has two older brothers, Liam, her business partner, and Brad, who serves in the Army. Eve currently resides in urban Gulf Breeze, Florida and spends her summers with her mother's family in Dublin, Ireland.

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