An eighth-grader from Baltimore has won a national student entrepreneurship contest with her business producing clothing for young dancers.

Lily DeBell, 13, a student at Roland Park Elementary Middle School, topped 40 other student entrepreneurs, most of whom were in high school or college, in the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge staged by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship [NFTE].

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With three contestants remaining, DeBell was named the winner in the final round of competition before an audience of about 150 Thursday night at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, said Derek Newton, a spokesman for the NFTE.

Newton said DeBell already has Lily's Legwarmers going as a one-girl business, having sold 50 to 75 pair, and turning a profit. In a prepared release, DeBell said she was "thrilled" with the award and was eager to get back to work on the legwarmers. The top prize includes $5,000 cash, a $5,000 college scholarship and an array of technical and business products — the total worth about $25,000.

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