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Lexington Legends Hold "Shark Tank" Contest

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Freshmen at Lexington’s STEAM Academy are taking part in a Shark Tank-style competition for the Lexington Legends Thursday and Friday. 

The event, dubbed Stache Tank, gave students a chance to present ideas on what to build in place of a basketball court at the back of the ballpark.  Community Relations Director Rebecca Barnes says the event gave students a chance to engage in project-based learning and for the Legends to hear a wide variety of proposals, such as a climbing wall and two story all-purpose lounge.  

"It’s underutilized, we haven’t really had a lot of popularity with the space in the past and so we really just wanted to see what kind of ideas they came up with," she said.

After presenting their proposals, the students were vetted by a panel of judges made up of people from the ballpark, city, and local businesses.  Student Zachary Eichner says while the research and presentation process was sometimes daunting, he says it helped his group fine tune their project and refine their business skills. 

“I definitely feel like I’ve learned a lot more through the budgeting and just the financial sense, I now understand a lot more on that,” he said. 

Four groups presented Thursday and four more will present on Friday, with the winner to be announced by February 1st.   

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.