Finalists selected for the 2008 Notre Dame Invention Convention

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The University of Notre Dames Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) announced eight finalists advancing to the sixth annual Invention Convention Youth Business Plan Competition being held on Monday (April 21) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Giovanini Commons of Notre Dames Mendoza College of Business.The event is free and open to the public.

Finalists are middle and high school students from the South Bend Community School Corporation who will compete for a $1,000 cash prize.Notre Dame undergraduate and MBA students serve as mentors and event judges.

Throughout the year, the Gigot Center and RCLC work with young people from South Bend high schools to enhance their business, academic and life skills through an entrepreneurship curriculum provided by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. The Invention Convention is a culmination of what participants have learned throughout the year.

This years competition finalists are:

Jonathan Brown, Clay High School,Creative Concierge Services
Whitney Burt, Clay High School,Nite and Day Getaway
Ashley Jones, Clay High School,Good Times Restaurant&Arcade
Brandon Johnson, Clay High School,Straight Faded
Phyllis Johnson, Clay Middle School,DancinDiamonds
Paul Penn, Riley High School,“Trauma Records”
Alexandra Soisson, John Adams High School, “Planned Partyhood”
Christopher Rodriguez, Marian High School,Rodriguez Audio Specialists

_ Contact: Jessica McManus Warnell, Center for Social Concerns, 574-631-9182,_ " "

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