The winning team from St Marys College in Maryborough, Breanna Hawken, Abby Lewis, Joannah Stewart, Lucy Howard, Lauren Young, Charlotte Hills, Georgia Dale, Rachel Hume, Casey Stepanov and Megan Dale, with shoes from their business.
The winning team from St Marys College in Maryborough, Breanna Hawken, Abby Lewis, Joannah Stewart, Lucy Howard, Lauren Young, Charlotte Hills, Georgia Dale, Rachel Hume, Casey Stepanov and Megan Dale, with shoes from their business. Alistair Brightman

St Mary’s a shoe-in at USQ's funny business competition

BY SELLING shoes to their classmates, Maryborough's St Mary's College students have won this year's USQ Fraser Coast Funny Business Competition.

The competition gave students in Years 9 and 10 the chance to run their own small business.

Three schools entered the competition to put their commerce and marketing skills to the test.

Schools had to devise a business plan which involved marketing their product and creating a budget.

After six months of working on their business, the team's plans were judged by a panel of USQ staff.

St Mary's College exceeded the projected sale of their canvas shoes and were crowned winners.

They won a $120 Woolworths gift card.

USQ student liaison officer and business plan judge Carly Ryder said the activity gave students a taste of running a shop.

"It benefits kids by getting them to think about the costs and work involved," she said.



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