Everence Money Talks contest features cash prizes

The chance to share a message and win is now open for video producers and filmmakers of all levels. The Everence video contest “Money Talks: What Are You Hearing?” is now accepting entries until the deadline of Nov. 15.

The contest is open to anyone ages 15 to 25 and features cash prizes to the top three winners, who will be selected during an online voting campaign, Dec. 16 to Jan. 13, 2014. The winners will be announced Jan. 14.

Entry details are available at Everence.com/moneytalks.

Everence is sponsoring three awards. The top prize is $1,000 to the winner plus $1,000 to a charity chosen by the winner. Second prize is $500 to the entrant and $500 to the chosen charity, and third prize is $250 for the entrant and $250 to the chosen charity.

“Last year’s first video contest was very popular and exceed our expectations,” said Larry Miller, Everence president and CEO. “We’re eager to hear what these young producers have to say about money’s voice in the world and what it means to them, their community and their world.”

Youth entrepreneurs experience hands-on learning

Hands-on learning is a key component of the Youth Entrepreneurs program taught in 35 high schools in Kansas and Missouri. Wholesale Field Trips and Market Days showcase experiential learning as YE students have the opportunity to interactively fine-tune their business, entrepreneurship and marketing skills. Market Days start on Oct. 17 in Wichita and conclude Nov. 22 in Topeka, visiting other markets — including Newton — in between.

The Wholesale Field Trip and Market Day events are high points in the class for Youth Entrepreneurs students. To prepare for Market Day, students create a small-scale business plan then visit a variety of businesses including Best Harvest Bakeries, Bimbo Bakeries, Case New Holland, Chance Rides, General Motors, Great Plains Industries, Hazel Hill Chocolates, McGinty Machine, Palmer Manufacturing, Superior Tool Service and Tank Inc., which gives them the opportunity to witness manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers’ day-to-day operations.

Students bid on venture capital provided by Youth Entrepreneurs to purchase goods from wholesalers on their field trips. They then return to school and sell the purchased goods to fellow classmates during the lunch hour. Once the initial investment from Youth Entrepreneurs is returned, the students are allowed to keep their profits.

“The ability for the students to see the chain of events — bidding for capital, purchasing goods on our wholesale fieldtrip and executing a money-making venture on Market Day — has a significant impact on them,” said Kylie Stupka, Youth Entrepreneurs executive director. “It’s this type of hands-on experience that will better equip students for future academic and career success.”

In addition to Market Days, Youth Entrepreneurs’ students participate in classroom competitions and work with community business leaders to enhance their business skills for future endeavors, including entrepreneurship and higher education. The goal of the curriculum is to stimulate economic thinking skills, encourage intelligent risk-taking, provide practical business expertise, and instill independence and personal responsibility.

Market Days will take place at Newton High School Nov. 7.

Vogt receives merit award from Tabor College

Tabor College has presented Natise Vogt, principal for Walton’s Rural Life Center Charter School, a Merit Award.

Since graduating, Vogt has gone on to earn an MS from the University of Kansas in special education and an MS from Wichita State University in education administration and supervision.

She has been very involved in her church and community as a Girl and Cub Scout leader for students with disabilities, Special Olympic coach, chair of the Walton Rural Life Charter Advisory Council and foundation and Christian education director of Koerner Heights Church. Vogt and her husband, Richard, live in Newton.

In 2011, Walton Rural Life Center was an Intel School of Distinction finalist. The Walton School District became the first agricultural school, using gathering eggs, feeding the animals, planting food and selling their product to teach basics to children.

Bunting introduces innovative baking concept

Bunting Magnetics Co. — producer of precision magnetic products for the worldwide food, recycling, printing, automobile, plastics and electronics industries — formally introduced an innovative product concept for the baking industry at the 2013 International Baking Industry Exhibition show in Las Vegas, Oct. 6-9.

The newly patented devices represent an advancement in bread pan magnet technology, increasing the life of magnets on proofing and oven lines, and reducing magnet replacement costs in baking applications. A patented magnetic circuit prevents spillage on racks, and the new Bunting bread pan magnets can be placed on and removed from racks without the need for bolts. The magnets “float” on racks, and maintain contact even with warped pans.

Don Suderman, Bunting product manager for material handling and one of the inventors, said: "Customer interest at the recent IBIE show exceeded all expectations; this new bread pan magnet represents a major improvement in baking technology. The new Bunting bread pan magnet is easy to use and maintain in busy baking plants. Tool-free installation and quick maintenance are just two features of the new concept. The unique and patented Bunting design features a sealed structure, locking out moisture which could degrade the magnet. Oxidation is eliminated, extending magnet life and lowering costs."