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winners_t.jpgBOONE—Students at Appalachian State University pitched their best business ideas to a panel of judges during the 6th Annual Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit held in the Walker College of Business. This year’s winners were Mary Dula, left, who placed third in the competition; second-place winner Taylor Martin Boyle; and first-place winner Mitchell Olin Setzer Jr.

Dula is a junior communication major from Lenoir. She received $250 for her winning idea: “Stand Out Systems (SOS),” a room monitoring system.

Boyle is a sophomore finance and banking major from Boone and New Orleans. He presented a business plan to treat cancer patients safely in the comfort of their own home. He received a $500 prize.

The $1,000 grand prize was awarded to Setzer, a senior marketing major from Lenoir. His prize-winning idea was for an ergonomic ramp lift for large distributors.

The awards were donated by Mission House Creative, a Web marketing and advertising firm.

Setzer received an additional $250 award for having the best presentation at the event. The award was donated by Center for Entrepreneurship advisory board member Dale Tweedy.