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Published on October 27th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Auntie Karen Young Entrepreneurs Deborah Woodard Memorial Scholarship Winners‏

Pictured above from left: Janae Ward, Kiera McFarlan, Amina Cox and Karen Alexander, Auntie Karen.

The Auntie Karen Foundation presented the 12th Annual Young Entrepreneurs Conference on October 18, 2014 at Benedict College. Over 100 youth between the ages of 5 and 22 attended this event. Each year, the foundation presents The Deborah Woodward Memorial Award to the Young Entrepreneur of the Year and two honorees. Congratulations to Janae Ward, the owner of Something Fruity; Kiera McFarlan, vocalist; and Amina Cox, artist.

Janae Ward has been drawing and creating designs since 4th grade. She has always loved art and creating beautiful things. She attended Rollings Middle School of the Arts and her love of the arts grew and was nurtured there. In 2011, while attending Rollings, she noticed that there were very few designs for girls who are curvy. The apples, pears and hour glass figures were not really regarded in junior fashions. She set out to create designs that flatter the figures of “real girls”. Thus, Something Fruity was born. Since then, she has continued to design, learn to sew and make connections that will help her to launch her clothing line. She will create custom designs, upon request, and is hopeful to mass produce items from her design collection within the next year. Janae is currently a sophomore at Ashley Ridge High School, in Summerville, South Carolina.

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