Weed High School senior Sean Alvarez won the Youth Entrepreneurship Program business plan competition in Redding on Thursday.

Weed High School senior Sean Alvarez won the Youth Entrepreneurship Program business plan competition in Redding on Thursday.

Alvarez is the school’s second YEP winner, but the first since the competition moved to Redding, said teacher Josh Oates.

Kyle Matheson finished in third place two years ago in Redding and Dakota Wilson and Rick Van Baren were honorable mention finishers five years ago, Oates said.

“Our entrepreneurship pathway continues to grow and perform well at this competition,” said Oates.

Alvarez won $1,800 for his idea for the Pyro Smart Sprinkler from more than 100 entries that came from all over the north state, Oates explained.

The competition was then narrowed down to 45 and from that 45 they choose the top five based on written business plan responses, said Oates. The top five had to deliver a presentation in front of more than 800 high school students at the Cascade Theater in Redding.

The judges were local business owners from the Redding area.

Alvarez “delivered a fantastic presentation and was praised by Redding Dutch Bros owner Chris Resner for his confident responses to judges’ questions and his overall preparedness,” said Oates. “It was awesome to get the win this year.”

Oates had a busy Thursday. He drove a group of students to Redding for YEP to support Alvarez on Thursday, then came back to Weed, loaded up the baseball team and headed back to Redding for a 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. baseball doubleheader.

“We didn’t get home until 12:15 p.m. It was a long day but worth it to see Sean win and get a baseball split.”