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The American Private Enterprise Systems - APES

Students learn from APES
 

 
These students achieved the highest test scores throughout the seminar and will travel to Lexington to compete for cash awards and college scholarships, and a trip to the National Institute on Cooperative Education at Virginia Tech. They are (left to right) Katherine Crain (E-town High), Noah Harrub (Central Hardin), Luis Dominguez (Fort Knox), Grace Vowels (John Hardin), Star Robertson (North Hardin), and Michael Devin (Fort Knox). In addition, Grace Vowels received the Cooperative Spirit Award presented by Nolin RECC which signifies humanitarian characteristics and personal concern for others.
 

Last November, forty-four local students participated in a two-day education seminar that allowed them to learn about corporations, cooperatives, individually owned businesses, legalities of business, and diversity. These elite students consistently scored high on quizzes and a 50-question final exam; and at the end of the program, six of the teens were awarded a trip to the State Youth Seminar in Lexington this June.

APES, which stands for American Private Enterprise System, offers students from each Hardin County High School (E-town High, Fort Knox, North, Central, and John Hardin) as well as two students from the home school sector, the opportunity to come together at an off-site location to learn about business and the free enterprise system. The program has been around more than 50 years, and has gained a reputation among students as being one of the top five things to put on a resume.

Helping to strengthen resumes is not the only advantage of this program. APES also helps to build self-confidence and leadership skills. The teens are encouraged to network with students from other schools as they work together in groups. One popular exercise is the board case studies. This session allows participants to examine real-life issues that may arise in a business. Students are divided into board groups (each representing a director of the board) and are given situations to study and resolve. The teams must follow a set of business decision steps in hopes to achieve the best possible result. Students conclude this exercise by presenting board resolutions to their peers and then must face opposing boards as they explain and support their decisions during the debate session.

Nolin RECC has been a sponsor of the Hardin County, as well as LaRue County, APES program since they began over 50 years ago. Electric cooperatives throughout Kentucky are helping to sponsor APES programs in about 35 different counties.

APES also helps to build self-confidence and leadership skills. The teens are encouraged to network with students from other schools as they work together in groups. One popular exercise is the board case studies. This session allows participants to examine real-life issues that may arise in a business. Students are divided into board groups (each representing a director on the board) and are given situations to study and resolve. The teams must follow a set of business decision steps in order to achieve the best possible result. Students conclude this exercise by presenting board resolutions to their peers and then must face opposing boards as they explain and support their decisions during the debate session.

 

APES Says Thanks to Community Sponsors

Clark Jewelers has been providing watches for over 45 years to the outstanding young female and male at the conference. That adds up to a lot of watches throughout the years! The Clark family is greatly appreciated for their support and generosity to the APES program. As the highest scoring APES participants, Katherine Crain (E-town High) and Michael Devin (Fort Knox) received complimentary watches from Patrick Clark, Clark Jewelers.

This youth program, which is reserved for high school juniors, depends largely upon outstanding speakers who volunteer their time. This year’s speakers included John J. Scott (Whitlow & Scott Associates), Wes Mudd (Your Community Bank), Tim Goblirsch (Fort Knox Staff Judge Advocate), Kenny Rambo (Heartland Communications Consultants), Michael Coyle (Elizabethtown Community & Technical College), Hardin County District Judge Kimberly Shumate, and Patsy Whitehead (Nolin RECC).

Without the support of the local community, APES would not be possible. The program is completely supported by businesses in Hardin County including Nolin RECC, Clark Jewelers, Coca-Cola of Elizabethtown, Cecilian Bank, Magnolia Bank, Your Community Bank, Preferred Memorials, Faith Home School Group, Swope Family of Dealerships, Tim French Auto Sales, and the Cooperative Extension 4-H Council.

 
     
Hardin County District Judge Kimberly Shumate delivers an exciting and personal presentation to the APES students. As a former APES student, Judge Shumate, related back to the time she was a junior in high school and how circumstances and opportunities shaped her personal life and career.
Elizabethtown High School student, Chase Kerr, was voted by his peers
to receive the People’s Choice Award signifying outstanding leadership
skills. He is seen in this photo clutching the APES mascot.

 

 

 

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