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Wisconsin Business World & Kwik Trip Announce the Winners of Student Innovation and Production Competitions

MADISON – Wisconsin Business World – a program of WMC Foundation – in partnership with Kwik Trip announced the winners of the inaugural 2021 Spring Innovation and Production competitions. The two virtual competitions were held statewide for students in grades 6-12.

Participants were tasked with developing and launching a new product that could be sold in the Kwik Trip stores, or were asked to design a t-shirt and to develop a supply chain plan to distribute the apparel.

The winners of the Wisconsin Business World and Kwik Trip Innovation Competition are:

  • Hezekiah Punzel from Fox Valley Lutheran High School; winning idea: bubble tea
  • Kaitlyn Winningham from Merrill High School; winning idea: a donut topping dispenser
  • Tracy Bye, Bella Finch, and Dayne Hoff from La Crosse Logan High School; winning idea: taco bar

The winners of the Wisconsin Business World and Kwik Trip Production Competition are:

  • Jeeyoon-Becca Lee and Emma Liebzeit from Fox Valley Lutheran High School
  • Austin Kerbs and Adam Schmoeker from Fox Valley Lutheran High School
  • Aidan Nytes from Kimberly High School

“These students demonstrated their ability to confidently approach real-world business problems,” said Wisconsin Business World Director, Michelle Grajkowski. “Congratulations to the winners for going above and beyond, and thinking outside the box. We can’t wait to see how these students will grow in the future to lead Wisconsin in business innovation!”

The top three finalists/teams for each competition will receive a $500 cash prize.

Since 1982, Wisconsin Business World – a program of WMC Foundation – has educated more than 25,000 high school students on business, entrepreneurism and the free market, through Summer Camps, one-day programs, online curriculum and classroom presentations. The Business World message is simple — Business is a Force for Good.

More information about the competition finalists is available at




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