BATTLE CREEK — Following their first year in a pilot entrepreneur class at Evart High School, five students recently made a trip to a statewide event in Battle Creek to show off the businesses they developed this past school year.

Following “Generation E” curriculum, the class teaches students the basics of developing a business idea or product, writing a business plan and marketing their idea.

Of the 30 students in EHS’ Generation E class, Karley Gudding, Jacob Hutchinson, Alex Wood, Robert Burge-Young and Chapman Long, led by teacher Jay Wallace, traveled to the showcase on May 14.

“It was very interesting to see how they rose to the occasion and presented themselves well,” Wallace said, noting the tough competition from 150 other students from across the state.

“When we left, their conversations were about what they’re going to do next year.”

Fifty entrepreneurs from the Battle Creek area judged submissions at the showcase. Hutchinson, a sophomore, came away with the “best display” award for the presentation of his kayak outfitting business, which sells rod holders and fish finders designed to fit on kayaks.

“I was kind of shocked,” Hutchinson said. “There were a lot of businesses, so I was surprised to win my first year there. The main thing was getting other people’s opinions on how good the business was. It builds your confidence.”

Naming themselves the “E-town Entrepreneurs,” EHS Generation E students will continue selling their products at the Evart farmers market through the summer.

Wallace thanked the numerous local business owners who helped out with the class throughout the semester.