Perkins ‘Sharks’ Like Duck Donuts Business Proposal 

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Perkins “Sharks” have an appetite for donuts, especially the sweet, succulent made-to-order “Duck Donuts” proposed by high school entrepreneurs Julia Stanfield, Seton Beuhrer and Grace Kosior. 
Their idea – and the samples they offered – were a big hit among the judges (aka “Sharks”) in this semester’s “Shark Tank” final exam of the Real World Economics class taught by Tim Obergefell.


Ideally, the three girls told the Sharks, they want to build such a franchise, complete with a drive-through, conveniently along the east side of Milan Road to cater to the sweet-tooths of Cedar Point-bound tourists.  The Duck Donuts team was one of five teams of Perkins High School students in Mr. Obergefell’s class.


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On Thursday, the fives teams jumped into the “Shark Tank,” a panel of hypothetical investors who judged the students’ business plans. Modeled after the ABC reality show “Shark Tank,” the students pitched their plans for new ventures in Erie County as the final exam.  Students in Mr. Obergefell’s class learn about startup businesses and what it takes – from money and research to business acumen and a good idea – to make a go of it in the business world.


The Sharks included former Perkins Local School District Superintendent Larry Pitts, retired Perkins teacher Ed Pawolski, Perkins Township businessman Steve Schuster, Perkins Township Administrator Gary Boyle, Perkins Police Chief Robb Parthemore, and Sandusky City Manager Eric Wobser. Perkins High School Principal Jeff Harbal and Perkins Superintendent Todd Boggs also weighed in on the business pitches.


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The Sharks were unanimous: The Duck Donuts proposal was the best idea. “You were really well prepared,” Mr. Wobser told Julia, Seton, and Grace. As part of their presentation, the three girls brought in donuts for the judges, guests, and parents in the audience.


Tying for second place were the teams of Lester Peters and Parker Deering, who proposed a virtual reality gaming enterprise, and Hailey Yaratch, Donielle Shumate, and Brian Collart, who pitched an African Wildlife Safari-themed carwash adjacent to the Ottawa County tourist attraction. Also presenting were Lincoln Pfanner, who proposed a high-end hotel adjacent to the Sports Force Park along Cleveland Road, and Mollie McVeigh, Madisyn Naufel and Catherine Tigges, who pitched a gaming restaurant and bar near Sports Force.


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Posted by d_shaw On 28 December, 2018 at 9:49 AM