Peyton Schrock, Founder of Schrock Mobile Poultry Butchering and Processing Wins 2018 Launch LaGrange County Entrepreneur Competition

03/21/2018
News Release
Contact: Lora Tormanen, LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, 260.499.4994, ltormanen@lagrangecountyedc.com
 
 Peyton Schrock, Founder of Schrock Mobile Poultry Butchering and Processing Wins 2018 Launch LaGrange County Entrepreneur Competition
 
LaGrange, Ind. (March 15, 2018) -  Students, parents, business and community leaders, elected officials and members of the public gathered at Westview High School on Wednesday evening for the 3rd Annual Launch LaGrange County Entrepreneur Competition sponsored by the LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation and Economic Development Corporation. The event featured six teams of students representing Lakeland, Prairie Heights and Westview High Schools, pitching their businesses to a live audience and panel of expert judges.
 
Peyton Schrock, attends Westview High School was the program’s overall winner with his venture Schrock Mobile Poultry Butchering and Processing. His full-service operation for those who prefer clean meat and convenience. Schrock Mobile Poultry Butchering and Processing provides the chickens, feed, and butchering services for those who want to raise their own poultry for meat without the hassle of transporting or butchering. As the winner Peyton received a $5,000 startup grant, scholarship offers from three area colleges, and $150 cash. 
 
The runner-up was Daniel Lambright, a student at Lakeland High School and Founder of Smart Solar. This venture is a way of using solar power to recharge and extend the life of golf cart batteries. He has two versions, one in which the solar panels attach to the roof of your golf cart, and the other where the panels are permanently attached. The goal is to use the renewable energy to power the millions of golf carts that people/golf courses own. For his second-place finish, he received a $2,500 grant scholarship, offers from three area colleges and $150 cash. 
 
Adapt founded by Lakeland student Manny Rangel finished third in this year’s competition. Manny is creating a new way to advertise to a specific target market using electronic media. The biggest benefit of Adapt is ads can be easily updated! The business can offer exclusive deals News Release Contact: Lora Tormanen, LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, 260.449.4994, ltormanen@lagrangecountyedc.com through the Adapt app and the locations that host the Adapt sites can profit as well. Manny received a $1,000 grant and scholarship offers from three area colleges, and $150 cash. 
 
“This program teaches students critical business skills and equips them for life after graduation. In addition to the grant and scholarship money they compete to receive, students gain real-world problem-solving skills, planning skills, researching skills, and public speaking skills, all of which are practical and will reach beyond the classroom setting.” said Molly Manns, teacher at Westview HS.
 
Other finalist for the 2018 Launch LaGrange County Program include the following:
               - Grassy Ditch Dairy Goats, Amelia Johnston from Prairie Heights
               - Manure Movers, Nisha Patel, Shelbi Smith, Andre Stutzman from Westview
               - New Horizons Health and Beauty, Danny Lewis from Lakeland 
 
Each participant received a $150 cash and $7,000 annual scholarship for four years from Goshen College.
 
“Year after year, I am impressed by the talent that is presented at the Launch LaGrange event. These students will soon begin their college or trade school careers and then enter the workforce. Our hopes are they will return to the area and add to our business community. “said Beth Sherman, Executive Director LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce.
 
Organizers plan to gather in the coming weeks to begin planning for the 2019 Launch LaGrange County Program, which they expect to grow and include other segments of the community. In addition, leaders from surrounding communities have expressed interest in implementing similar high school entrepreneurship programs that could make the Launch Program a regional concept in future years. 
 
About the Launch LaGrange County Program
The Launch LaGrange County Program was established in 2015 as a collaboration between the LaGrange County EDC, LaGrange County Chamber, LaGrange County Community Foundation in conjunction with Howe Military Academy, Lakeland High School, Prairie Heights High School and Westview High School. This program has also been made possible by generous sponsorships from Farmers State Bank; LaGwana, Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware, Humpty Dumpty, Pallet One, S & H Metal Products and Shipshewana Trading Place. Launch LaGrange County was designed to provide LaGrange County youth with a unique, real-world entrepreneurial experience that will promote both business creation and critical skill development. 
 
About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation
The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, established in 2009, is a 501(c) 3 corporation designed to assist business development needs. The LCEDC partners with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to attract, retain, and develop new businesses and entrepreneurs in LaGrange County and its communities. For more information about the LaGrange County EDC, please visit www.lagrangecountyedc.com or call at 260.499.4994.
 
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