Whiz Kid of The Week: Hannah Bartell

Name, Age: Hannah Gail Bartell, 12.

School: Coronado Middle School.

Accomplishment: Hannah has her own business, Hannah’s Monster Cookies. She is also the youngest member of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce. She joined when she was only 6 years old!

Key to Awesomeness: “Hannah is fearless and a go-getter” is how Jodi Bartell describes her daughter. But, according to her mom Hannah would say, “She gets her awesomeness from God.”

When Hannah was in kindergarten she and her dad, Matt Bartell, decided to start making cookies for customers who ordered office supplies from him. The recipe they used for the cookies belonged to Hannah’s grandmother. “Matt’s customers loved the cookies so much that they said Matt and Hannah should sell them,” Jodi explained.

In 2004, Hannah’s cookies were made and sold from the Bartell home kitchen, a few dozen at a time. “Now the cookies are made in an industrial kitchen, at around 180 cookies a week,” Jodi said.

Once the business was on a roll, the Bartells decided that the money from cookie sales would go to Hannah’s college fund. Hannah already an idea of where she’d like to go: UC Davis, to study to become an equine veterinarian. Hannah has been riding and showing horses the last three years. “Hannah’s dream is to one day compete in barrel racing,” a rodeo event, explained her proud mom.

During the seven years Hannah been in business, the young entrepreneur has been featured on several local newscasts: the Roger Hedgecock Show on KOGO radio, KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego, and Business Networking International of San Diego.

When Hannah isn’t rolling dough, she also finds time to participate in school and church activities.

She was a choir member at Coronado Middle and participates in Girl Scouts, and also volunteered at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church and helped with Vacation Bible School this summer.

Hannah’s cookies can be found at at Nado Gelato and Café 1134.

To date, Hannah’s Monster Cookies has made over 100,000 treats!