We love recognizing our Young Entrepreneurs, youth ages 11-17, who are working their Origami Owl® businesses like a BOSS!

We especially love when we’re able to surprise them with special awards!

We’re thrilled to share the two OWL-mazing Young Entrepreneurs who were chosen for our Young Entrepreneur Education Award during our Origami Owl Virtual Convention Recognition Event.

Plus, keep reading to see what Young Entrepreneurs graduated from high school in 2021!

Two Young Entrepreneur Education Award Recipients

We want to support our Young Entrepreneurs whose goals are to continue their education at a university or technical school once they graduate from high school. During the Origami Owl Virtual Recognition Event, we announced the two recipients of a $2,000 check to help cover their continuing education costs – Kelsea Whiting and Kristopher Miramontez.

Congratulations, Kelsea and Kristopher!

Here’s a little about why this Owlette and BRO were chosen!

Kelsea has been a Young Entrepreneur since 2015, working the business alongside her grandmother. She credits the Young Entrepreneur Program for transforming her from a shy teenager to a positive, confident leader. It gave her an unbreakable foundation that has been monumental in her success as a high school student – and has changed her life forever. Today, she’s a tremendous leader in her community. She was selected to represent the entire state of California as the Future Business Leader of America State President. She realized her dream of attending an Ivy League School, after getting accepted into several of them. She will attend Rice University this fall and major in Poliitcal Science to prepare herself for a future in law school. We’re certain that Kelsea Whiting will continue to make a difference in the world and make a positive impact wherever life takes her!

Congratulations, Kelsea Whiting!

“When my name was announced as a recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Education Award, a feeling of pure gratitude came over me,” shares Kelsea. “Origami Owl has given me so much in the last six years, and I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing company. I have worked so hard to attend a school like Rice University, and these funds will allow me to make the most of this opportunity. I could not be more grateful.”


Kristopher Miramontez has been a Young Entrepreneur since 2016, working the business alongside his mother. He credits the Young Entrepreneur Program for helping him gain a great work ethic, more grit and how to be a Force For Good to help others any way he can. The words Force For Good have made a huge impact on his life and kept him going through the ups and downs of high school. The program has given him the opportunity to get closer with him mom and support her in her business. Kristopher plans on studying Electrical Engineering and plans to pursue his master’s degree. With this award, he plans on buying a new desktop computer so he can get familiar with the engineering software.

Congratulations, Kristopher Miramontez!

When my mom and I sat down and watched the replay, we listened carefully as they described the many traits, characteristics and the degree that the Young Entrepreneur would be pursing,” shares Kristopher. “When they mentioned the individual was a BRO working the business with their mom and going into Electrical Engineering, I thought how cool this person must be because we have the same interests and intentions. Then when they announced the second recipient, it took me a minute to realize they said my name! I was in shock and filled with so much gratitude. Our time with Origami Owl has taught me so much about business, while also learning about kindness and acceptance. Most importantly, it’s given me the opportunity to get closer to my mom. This award means so much to us. It’s a steppingstone in not only helping me reach my academic goals, but my life dreams. Thank you, Origami Owl!”

Congratulations, Graduating Young Entrepreneurs!

We had 11 Young Entrepreneurs graduate in 2021. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these inspiring Young Entrepreneurs. We know they’re going to do great things!

Here’s whooo we recognized during the Origami Owl Virtual Recognition Event:

Class of 2021:

Katie Berg – 18 Years old

Sean David Bertin – 18 Years old

Jade Rae Cantu – 18 years old

Veronica Gutierrez – 17 Years old

Kristopher Miramontez – 18 Years old

Maddie McCarthy – 18 Years old

Jaiden New – 18 Years old

Erin Schott – 18 Years old

Camille Scribner – 18 Years old

Naomi Trenholm – 17 Years old

Kelsea Whiting – 18 Years old