Bennett Elementary Fifth Grader Selected as Lubbock Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year

Bennett Elementary Fifth Grader Selected as Lubbock Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year

With over $4,000 of proceeds donated to charity, one student’s lemonade stand stood out from the crowd.

When Matthew Noel’s classroom gathered in the library for a special presentation on Friday, he had no idea that the presentation was for him.

United Supermarkets CEO Robert Taylor, photographers, Matthew’s parents, and Lemmy the lemon-head mascot flooded the Bennett library in a whirlwind celebration.

“We’re so proud of Matthew and his accomplishments as an entrepreneur and asset to our community,” said Taylor.

This past summer, Lubbock Lemonade Day hosted 818 lemonade stands with 3,119 registered student participants. Students were encouraged to submit their business plans and themes to the Entrepreneur of the Year Contest. After several rounds of application reviews and personal interviews, Matthew Noel was named the Lubbock Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year.

In addition to the celebration with his classroom, Matthew was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Texas Tech University.

“We have one more surprise for you,” Taylor told Matthew before he departed.

That surprise was an on-field experience at the Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State football game on Saturday. The 60,000 fans in attendance cheered for Matthew as the 2017 Lubbock Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year.

Congratulations to Matthew Noel on his success!