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Junior Dragons Den salute winners of Regional Competition

Josh Skinner and Vanessa Ford hold the first-place prize in the College/University Division at the 2018 West Kootenay-Boundary Junior Dragons Den Regional competition Thursday at the Brilliant Cultural Centre in Castlegar. Below, Myles Peterson from Peterson Cryogenic Labs of Stanley Humphries Secondary in Castlegar topped the Junior Division. Also pictured second and third-place winners in College/University and Junior Divisions, respectively. — Submitted photos

Academy Care Box and Peterson Cryogenic Labs walked away with the top prize during the 2018 West Kootenay-Boundary Junior Dragons Den Regional Competition Thursday at the Brilliant Cultural Centre in Castlegar.

Vanessa Ford and Josh Skinner won the College/University Division for an idea of caring for lonely students being away from home while attending college.

Both Ford and Skinner are from Selkirk College in Castlegar while Fork is a former competitor from the senior division and winner.

Cameron Olsen’s Wild Kootenay Honey from Okanagan University College finished second with Victoria Danylenko, Nicolas Bonacci, Austin Forry and Sheldon Farenholtz of Selkirk College taking third with their Virtual Reality of the Kootenays idea.

Olsen is from Nakusp and has also competed before with a team from Nakusp Secondary.

In the Junior Division (Grades 7-10), Myles Peterson from Peterson Cryogenic Labs of Stanley Humphries Secondary in Castlegar topped the Division.

Katherine Wall and here Selkirk Seaglass idea from St. Josephs School in Nelson placed second with Rebekah Syme, Welcome Home Décor of Salmo Secondary School third.

Junior Dragons Den is a Community Futures led business competition for entrepreneurs from Grades’ 7 to College/ Trades school level to create their own summer job/ business, or to expand an existing one.

Junior Dragons Den North East BC is set for Friday, April 27th in Dawson Creek at the Calvin Cruk Centre.

The winners from each regional competition automatically advance to the Junior Dragons Den Championship, set for Saturday, May 5 at the Charles Bailey Theatre, Trail.

The Finals begin at 6 p.m. with seating on a first come, first served basis.

Voting for each finalist is 50% by judges and 50% by audience. The audience votes electronically in real time.