Oregon students 1st and 2nd at NIU competition


OREGON – Oregon High School seniors Isabelle Nelson, Jasmine Herbst, and Makenna Mongan from the OHS Social Entrepreneurship program won 1st and 2nd place at the NIU Social Impact Summit Pitch with a Cause, a "Shark Tank" competition recognizing businesses that make a positive social or environmental impact. 

Nelson won 1st place and $1500 for her company, Le Fou Gateau, a custom cupcake company with a goal to spread kindness by recognizing those who make an impact in the community every time someone places an order. 

Herbst and Mongan's business, The Lotus Company, partnered with HOPE of Ogle County to raise awareness of domestic violence through an apparel line to help those in need. 

For more information about the Oregon High School Social Entrepreneurship program and its student-run businesses, contact program instructor Aaron Sitze at asitze@ocusd.net.

About OCUSD 220:

The Oregon Community Unit School District, board and staff are committed to providing the highest learning standards in a safe and welcoming educational environment. OCUSD 220 is located in Ogle County with schools in Oregon and Mt. Morris and has more than 1,500 students enrolled. It is committed to its mission statement to: “Educate students to be life-long learners who are productive, responsible citizens.”