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From left, Lily Posty and Alexis Summers, first-round winners of the Marriotta College Piobis competition. (Photo by)

A month after winning first place in the first round of the Mariatta – Mariotta College Piobis competition, Lily Posty of Burgettestown and Alexis Sommers of Nelsonville realized their idea.

Posty and Somers, newcomers to the 2025 class, received a $ 190 first-place award for their campus thrift shop idea. “Big blue.”

On April 6, the two had a glittering event in the Great Room of Andrews Hall.

“Lily and I love fashion and sustainability” Said Somerz, a leading figure in entrepreneurship. “We came up with the idea of ​​creating a campus thrift shop that allows students to buy clothes or whatever they need at very low cost.”

Posty, a major in Communications Studies, said Big Blue supports and embraces students.

“If they really need something, we want to give it to them at no cost.” Posty said.

It takes more time and resources before their idea is fully implemented, but it is exciting and encouraging for first year students.

“Ranked high on the judges list and audience votes led to our victory” Posty said.

Four judges, John Bocat, Class 2007, President of Compliance Services, Nicki Butler, Class 1999, Alex Hogan, Artist and Founder of Nicki Buttler Design, Class A 2018, Sales Manager at Malta Dynamics, and Faith Knottson Director, Othiyam , The audience supported Posty and Somers “The Piobis Dollar.”

“A lot of people started talking about our idea of ​​yik yak, and they were telling people to contribute to our thrift program.” Somers said. “Other students approached us asking for our digital posters so they could share it with friends. Someone from Piobis told us to help us get started.

Posty and Somers plan to compete in the next two rounds of PioBiz. She said the $ 10,000 grand prize will be an important part of getting the campus business off the ground faster than expected.

“However, once we find the resources in the summer, we can launch it in the fall.” Somers said.

Eight groups performed in the first round of the competition on March 3. The Peobis competition is sponsored by the Riverview Credit Union Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo.

Round 1 of the PioBiz competition identifies an issue that deserves to be resolved and describes a new product or service that will resolve the issue. The proposed solution may lead to the establishment of a non-profit or non-profit organization.

The other seven projects were set up as follows:

* Second Place ($ 180): CNC Services (Oil & Gas Well Service): Caleb Craig, Class of 2022, Zanesville; Colton Neptune, Class 2022, New Concord, Ohio; And Dow Cameron.

* Third Place ($ 170): Mytherapist (Group Therapy for College Students): Hannah McCain, Class 2023, Mariatta.

* Fourth Place ($ 160): Catch-a-Can (Recycling Sorting Robot): Noah Coleman, Class of 2022, Dayton; Cursen Die, Class 2024, Mariatta; Bastian Gehrer, Class 2024, Notre Dame, Austria; And Class 2025, Apollo Beach, Hayley Rogers in Fly.

* Fifth place ($ 150): Culture to Classroom (International students providing cultural activities to local schools): Utaro Ito, Class 2025, Osaka, Japan; Isaiah Mitchell, Class 2025, Mariatta.

* Sixth Place ($ 140): Velcro Fit (Prevents Fitted Sheets from Undoing): Nathaniel Stelfox, Class 2025, Dexter City, Ohio.

* Seventh place ($ 130): Exercise with the US (Group Exercise Program): Drew Altican, Class 2025, Baltimore.

* Eighth place ($ 120): Car Pauls (matching drivers and passengers): Lauren Giles, Class 2023, Fallenseebee, WVA, Alyssa Sims, Class 2022, Stone Creek, Ohio.

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