Blodgett and Knoll take third in entrepreneurship contest

Mikaela Koski
Thursday, May 2, 2019
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Photo by Trudi Downer

Lily Knoll and Carlee Blodgett.

Rapelje High School juniors Carlee Blodgett and Lily Knoll may have created the next big thing in foot fashion – Chamilles.

Chamilles are “sandals with fashionable interchangeable straps in order to reduce the need for, and cost of owning, multiple sandals for different outfits and to save closet space,” according to a press release from One Montana.

Blodgett and Knoll recently received a third place award for Chamilles in the Montana Teenpreneur Roundup, an annual competition hosted by One Montana, a nonprofit based in Bozeman. Rapelje business teacher Jacki Keating worked with the girls and sponsored their submission.

“Carlee and Lily are shining examples of the creativity, grit and business savvy that exists today among Montana teens. We look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on our state’s future,” said One Montana program manager Jim Masker in the press release.

Blodgett and Knoll, as well as their families, recently attended an awards ceremony at the capitol in Helena. The girls were honored by Governor Steve Bullock and received a certificate and gift card for their work.

The Rapelje high schoolers will also have the opportunity to attend a four-day, all expenses paid entrepreneurship workshop in Bozeman this summer. One Montana is hosting the June workshop in conjunction with Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship and MSU’s Blackstone LaunchPad.


According to the press release, the Montana Teenpreneur Roundup “provides an opportunity for Montana’s next generation of innovators and business leaders to showcase their entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.”

This year, more than 80 high schoolers participated in the Roundup. There are two categories in which students can compete – “existing businesses” and “ideas for innovative new products and services.”

One Montana is a nonpartisan organization with the mission of creating “a vibrant Montana by connecting rural and urban communities” by bridging the gap between rural and urban communities and working to create teamwork and find solutions for all.