Akron, Ohio – Local area high schools competed last Friday during the 2013 JA Titan Challenge, held at the University of Akron’s Gary and Karen Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing. Teams of three spent the day using Junior Achievement’s JA Titan simulation program to make key decisions while managing and operating their own virtual business. Companies (teams) were challenged to outperform the competition in profit, sales, and market share with the support of a volunteer mentor.
The area high schools that came together for the competition included Archbishop Hoban, Copley, Firestone, Sparta Highland, Hudson, Medina Highland, Stow-Munroe Falls, Waterloo, Woodridge, and Wooster.
Scholarship winners for the first place team were Brennan Scott, Nick Giachetti, and Jordan Frederick from Medina Highland High School. Each of these students received a $400 scholarship for post-secondary education to the College or University of their choice. Members of the second place team from Hudson High School included Patrick Stepanek, Alex Williams, and Brandon Collins. Evan Kish and Justin Parker from Copley High School came in third place during the competition.
Before the final round of the competition, students took part in an interactive discussion with a Panel of Experts comprised of local business leaders who answered questions about their educational and professional paths, provided insights into the world of work, and shared with students how to stand out to their future employers. The Panel of Experts includes Donna Saucier (Lockheed Martin), Patricia Mishic (A. Schulman), Ben Scott (FedEx Custom Critical), and Keeven White (WhiteSpace Creative).
The sponsors for the 2013 JA Titan Challenge include: Lockheed Martin, ExxonMobil, FedEx Custom Critical, EYEMG, Goodyear, Bridgestone, The Maynard Family Foundation, Deluxe Corporation, and SGS Tool Company.
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