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Enter the 2020 Entrepreneurship Competition!

It's not too late to enter the 2020 Entrepreneurship Competition, facilitated by OSF and sponsored by The Harlamert Foundation.  Deadline is January 31.  For more information and competition guidelines, please review the Entry Packet.

Record-Setting Group Participates in 10th Annual OHS Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at Oakwood High School thanks to a competition that encourages students to step out of their comfort zones and make connections.

A record-setting 24 OHS students participated in the 10th annual OHS Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition, administered by The Oakwood Schools Foundation and underwritten by Irvin Harlamert, a 1948 graduate of OHS. 

The annual competition lets students imagine themselves as future business owners, inventors or philanthropists.  Each student shadows an entrepreneur and submits a written report about their experience.  A panel of judges evaluates the creative reports that highlight the student's personal experience and reflections.

Harlamert started the competition, which is open to all OHS students, in 2010 as a way to give back to the Oakwood Schools because of the education he and his children received.  Each year $5,000 in prize money, broken down into three categories, is awarded

This year’s winners of the “Inspired” award and $220 each were: Cecilia Dalrymple (9), Rachel Dalrymple (12), Owen Dewing (10), Sara Joly (10) and Katelyn Nels (10). Winners of the “Innovator” award and $210 each were Porsche Ashley (11), Jackson Bauer (10), Lily Eifert (11), Dan Flannery (10), Matt Flannery (11), Katie Griffith (10), Julia Guzman (12), George Maroz (10), Patrick O’Hara (10), Rylan Quigley (11), Peter Salisbury (12), Sophie Schnell (11), Grace Spitzmiller (10) and Aviva Young (11).  The “Creators” each took home $190 and included:  Grace Almoney (11), Albert Choi (10), Nate Eckerle (9), Rodney Jones (12) and Ryann Mescher (10).

A recognition ceremony was held at OHS Wednesday, March 20. Dr. Kyle Ramey, Oakwood Superintendent, and Paul Waller, OHS Principal, were on hand for the awards, which were presented by OHS teachers Mitch Miller and Natalie Johnston, along with OSF Director Dante Connell.

24 participants gather for group picture

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

This annual competition administered by The Oakwood Schools Foundation thanks to the generosity of Irvin Harlamert, JD (OHS class of 1948), emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the experience of entrepreneurs.

The competition was first held in 2010 and is open to all students at Oakwood High School.  Prize money will be awarded. 

WHAT IS AN ENTREPRENEUR?

The stereotypical profile of an entrepreneur—a male businessman who started his own company and has become extraordinarily wealthy—no longer applies.  Entrepreneurs are male and female, young and old, involved in both vocations and avocations.  Success is no longer defined largely by an accumulation of wealth, but can be measured in many other ways.  

Loosely translated, the French word “entrepreneur” could mean “entering into an undertaking to accomplish something.”  A far broader definition generally includes anyone who undertakes to create something.  So, an entrepreneur could be the lady from Dayton who teaches piano lessons in her home, or a person seeking public office through election by the people, or even a person of the clergy.  It could include the art major who became a portrait painter or opened an art shop, or an actor or a musician.  It could include lawyers, doctors, dentists, and other professionals.  It could, of course, include persons who enter into an enterprise whether or not they meet with financial success.

COMPETITION ASSIGNMENT:  SHADOW AN ENTREPRENEUR

Spend at least half a day shadowing an entrepreneur and submit a written report about your experience.  Be creative; tap into original ideas and highlight your personal experiences and reflections.

Who is Irvin Harlamert?

  • Graduated from Oakwood in 1948
  • Attended Denison University for college
  • Ohio State Law School
  • Was a Municipal Court judge in Oakwood for 24 years
  • Has two sons and a daughter who graduated from Oakwood
  • Taught an entrepreneurship class at Denison University in 1987
  • Wanted to give back to the Oakwood Schools because of the education he and his children received – worked with OSF and Oakwood High School to create the Entrepreneurship Competition

What is the competition?

The annual OHS Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition, sponsored by OSF and generously underwritten by Irvin Harlamert, OHS ‘48, lets students imagine themselves as future business owners, inventors or philanthropists.

This annual competition emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the experience of entrepreneurs. Irv wanted to give back to the Oakwood Schools because of the education he and his children received.

Each student is challenged with shadowing an entrepreneur. The students will spend at least half a day shadowing entrepreneurs and submit written reports about their experiences. These reports are to be creative and highlight the student's personal experience and reflections.

The competition was first held in 2010 and is open to all students at Oakwood High School. Each year $5,000 in prize money is awarded.

2018 Competition

Twenty Oakwood High School students participated in the ninth annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition.  

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