Children build business skills with lemonade

Herald/Steven Doll - ABOVE: Kiera Gutierrez, 12, pours a glass of lemonade at her booth during the Best Lemonade Contest Saturday morning at Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights.

By Rebecca Rose

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - The best tasting lemonade in Harker Heights is pink lemonade with a frozen fruit medley, made by Timber Ridge fifth-grader Chris Neal.

That's according to results from Saturday's "Best Lemonade Contest" held in Carl Levin Park.

Hosted by students from Central Texas College's Students in Free Enterprise program, the event is a pre-cursor to National Lemonade Day, when children are encouraged to start their own lemonade stands to learn business-building skills.

Judges included Harker Heights Mayor Ed Mullen, Killeen Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cosper and Command Sgt. Maj. John Lawson from Fort Hood.

"It's fun, selling the lemonade," Chris said. "I'm going to save up and buy an iPod."

Nathaniel Fay, a second-grader at Ira Cross Elementary in Killeen, found inspiration from one of the masters of homemade treats.

"It's a Martha Stewart recipe. We made the syrup with water and skin off the lemons," he said.

"My mom and I felt like Martha's lemonade would be delicious."

At Kiki's Big Squeeze, Destiny Academy eighth-grader Kiera Gutieriez was serving lemonade with sugared rims in a variety of bright colors.

Cooper Carroll's "secret ingredient" was fresh mint leaves and Gummi worm "lizard tails" he put in his "Leapin' Lizard Lemonade."

Cooper said he wanted to give some of his stand profits "to homeless people to help them."

Netessa Butler, a kindergartner from Halstead Elementary in Copperas Cove, said the secret to her sweet drink was "lemon, strawberries and a lot of honey."

"Most Creative Lemonade" went to Jayda and Ty Holcombe for their lavender, raspberry and ginger drink.

Ty, a kindergartner at Mountain View Elementary, said the event taught her the importance of good sportsmanship, a sentiment shared by her sister Jayda, a first-grader at the same school.

"If you brag, it will hurt other people's feelings," Jayda said.

Kayla Williams' brightly decorated pink stand won for "Best Presentation."

Kayla, a first-grader at Timber Ridge, said she wanted to donate the money she earned from her lemonade stand to victims of Japan's earthquake.

She also said the best part for her was meeting all the judges, especially the mayors.

"Someday I want to be a mayor."

The event was sponsored by First National Bank, Fort Hood Bank and featured free samples from Chik-fil-A. H-E-B donated gift cards to all the winners.

Lemonade Day is May 1. Learn more at

Contact Rebecca Rose at or (254) 501-7548.

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