GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Sixty-three Kentucky high school students arrive on the Georgetown College campus June 22 for the second annual Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE).
GSE is a three-week residential summer program where students, working in teams, take an idea for a product or service and utilize science, technology, engineering, art, math and business skills to design a product and develop a business model for it.
The spirit of invention is just what sponsors hope to unleash among these students from all across the Commonwealth who are selected through a competitive application process. They must show passion for creating a product or idea and possess a learning style that will thrive in a creative and innovative environment.
“GSE provides a safe environment for students to take risks with their ideas in an effort to create something meaningful,” wrote Executive Director Laurie Curry Daugherty in a recent Education Week blog.
“GSE pushes students beyond their limits of thinking and doing. They are already the outliers, the creative thinkers, the dreamers and they have huge potential to be successful entrepreneurs.”
GSE organizers say that if Kentucky is to remain competitive in emerging economies driven by innovation, then talent must be developed early on and in a broad way. GSE aims to uncover young talent that traditional academic pathways may not draw out and hopes to stimulate and shape the next generation of leaders.
Students selected for the 2014 GSE are Danny Abul-Khoudoud, Russell High School; Deanna Allen, Presentation Academy; Megan Baxter, Grayson County High; Barton Christmas, McCracken County High; Xiaowan Chu, Paul Laurence Dunbar High; Kate Corder, Pulaski County High; Sarah Cox, Scott County High; Ally Douglas, South Warren; Aaron Elswick, Larue County High; Chas Evans, Williamstown Independent; Jacob Ferguson, Henry Clay High; Ashton Filburn, Grayson County High; Alannah Gayden, John Hardin High; Jessica and Olivia Gehefer, West Jessamine High; Britni Graves, Franklin County High; Alex Grove, Collegiate High; Heather Hall, Trigg County High; Paxton Harmon, Owensboro High; Randy Heite, Oldham County High; Cassidy Hess, Williamstown Independent; Landon Hull, Mason County High; Ben Isaacs, Woodford County High; Grant Kennedy, Randy Cooper High; Alice Kiser, Franklin County High; Danny Kleier, Covington Catholic High; Katie Kloska, Notre Dame Academy; Dasha Kolyaskina, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Savannah Lambert, Scott County High; Anne Alyse Lunsford, Elizabethtown High; Mark Manning, Taylor County High; Rachel McDonald, South Laurel High; Asha McWilliams, Scott County High; Carly Middleton, Williamstown Independent; Margaret Moore, Scott County High; Megan Mudd, Grayson County High; David Nugent, Hancock County High; Kyle O’Brien, Dixie Heights; Chidum Okeke, Trinity High; Pranay Patel, Pikeville High; Alaap Patil, Henry Clay High; David Pennix, Scott County High; Bo Powers, Hancock County High; Olivia Rippetoe, Lafayette High; Jodie Ritter, Walton-Verona High; Libby Rockaway, Trinity Christian Academy; Isaac Rowe, Trinity Christian Academy; Haley Saylor, Wayne County High; Kyra Seevers, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Aidan Shafran, Madison Central High; Draven Sims, Hart County High; Karie Skelton, Bullitt Central High; Callaway Stivers, Lafayette High; Matthew Tarka, Dixie Heights High; Mark Thomas, George Rogers Clark High; Caitlyn Thornton, Walton-Verona High; Christian VanDusen, Covington Catholic High; Walker Vickery, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Andie Walters, South Laurel High; Kyle Westerfield, Woodford County High; Carolina Wetherall, Larry A. Ryle High; Wells Williams, Eastern High and Elisabeth Wilson, Franklin County High.
Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC) manages the GSE program which is patterned after the very successful Governor’s Scholars Program and the Governor’s School for the Arts.
Senior GSE faculty members are Raja Bhattacharya and Tom Welch.
A native of Kathmandu, Nepal, entrepreneurship is Raja’s passion and he is a successful serial entrepreneur and academician. At present, he is a faculty member with the Western Kentucky University Center for Entrepreneurship. His teaching areas of expertise lie in small business analysis and strategy, international entrepreneurship, small business management, innovation and creativity, venture financing, business planning, and social entrepreneurship.
Mr. Welch, now an independent consultant, is known around the country as an ardent revolutionary when it comes to the redesign of the learning process. Besides having taught an entrepreneurship course for high school students, he has been a high school French teacher, an English teacher, and a high school principal (East Jessamine, Nicholasville). As principal, he mandated that all administrators teach one class every day.
This is the second year Georgetown College has hosted GSE, coordinated through its Summer Programs and Camps division.