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Alexandria High School hosts Shark Tank event

On Sunday, Jan. 13, seven groups from the local high school DECA chapter will present projects in the second annual Shark Tank scholarship competition. Students will present to a panel of judges from Geneva Capital with the opportunity to win more than $5,000 in scholarships.

Each group has partnered with a local business, focusing on how to improve its marketing. During the past few months, the groups have completed market research through interviews, surveys and focus groups on these businesses: Noonan Sport Specialists, Alomere Health, Bell Bank, Andes Tower Hills, Henry's Foods, District 206 and Pike & Pint. Prizes have been added this year for second and third place, raising the scholarship money from $3,000 to $5,250.

Business CAPS teacher Eric Hartmann said the event is unique in that students are allowed to showcase their work in a live event open to the public.

"Their efforts with businesses, mentors, teachers and peers is presented with real money on the line," Hartmann said. "And students always seem to deliver."

The event is from 5-7 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center at Alexandria Area High School, and is free for the public to attend.