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Students Receive More than $5000, Life Experience

2018 participants pose with Judge Irv Harlamert

Twenty Oakwood High School students are the recipients of a great experience and a cash prize after participating in the ninth annual Oakwood High School Entrepreneurship Competition.

The Oakwood Schools Foundations sponsors the contest with the generous support of 1948 OHS graduate Irvin Harlamert to emphasize the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit and encourage students to explore and understand the value of owning their own business.

Participants in the 2018 competition were asked to shadow an entrepreneur for a day and submit a written summary that included a personal reflection.

Winners of the "Inspired" award and $300 each were: Lily Eifert (10), Bella Fiore (12) and Katherine Reymann (12). Winners of the "Innovator" award and $250 each were Charlie Almoney (11), Grace Almoney (10), Jack Armstrong (11), Katie Connell (12), Bryn Cortez (9), Joe Crowl (12), Katie Griffith (9), Sara Joly (9), Tommy Lunne (11), Rylan Quigley (10), Peter Salisbury (11), Isabella Severino (12), Canaan Smith (9) and Will Stack (11). The "Creators" each took home $200 and included: Rachel Dalrymple (11), Sarah Rosenbaum (11) and Aviva Young (10).

The Oakwood Schools Foundation provides significant annual support to the Oakwood City School District by funding grants, scholarships and special wish list items, all for the benefit of Oakwood students.

Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition
Provides valuable experiences for OHS students

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.


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.

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
  • 2 sons and a daughter who graduated from Oakwood
  • Taught an entrepreneurship class at Denison University in 1987Wanted 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

Donor panel from OSF with information about Harlamert Entrepreneurship Competition

To view information regarding past Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition, go to the Archives page.