Eric Mund, a sophomore at John A. Ferguson Senior High, won first place in the first annual South Florida Youth Business Plan Competition held last week.
More than 2,500 students from 24 Miami-Dade high schools participated in the contest organized by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and sponsored by Merrill Lynch.
Mund's plan was Digital Video Xpress, a company that would help customers turn aging and ''ancient'' home videos and photographs into slick DVD presentations. Mund beat out five other finalists to win $1,500 and the chance to compete for a $10,000 national prize in October.
''My parents can't believe I did this,'' said Mund, 15. ``I'm not even in the business program at school.''
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Second place went to Cassandra Collazo, Tiffany Fuentes, Dalila Flores and Jennifer Montano from Turner Technical Arts Senior High for their company, Les Dames de Chocolat, which makes chocolate-dipped strawberries and other treats; third place went to Farida Wazidali of North Miami Beach Senior High for GT Ownz, a website design and marketing company.
The other finalists were Leavonne Jetter of South Dade Senior High for Lili's Cartoon Cakes -- which makes cakes in the shape of cartoon characters; and Richard Smith of Southridge Senior High for L.C. Action, a sports photography company.