Area high school students recognized in Junior Achievement challenge

Feb. 14, 2014

Nearly 100 of the best and brightest student "CEOs" in the metro Milwaukee area competed in the Junior Achievement annual JA Business Challenge on Feb. 13. The event was presented by Kohl's Cares and hosted at Briggs & Stratton Corporation. Teams of local students from 15 area high schools were paired up with area business leaders to test their business knowledge.

Teams from 15 high schools in the four-county metro area set up virtual businesses to make a fictional product called a Hallo-Generator. Each team made their own business decisions regarding price, production, marketing, capital investment, payroll management and research and development.

The success or failure of the company depended on how well the students managed these key decisions. Success was measured by a computer program called the JA Titan that judged the knowledge of the students' decisions, based on business models.

"The Junior Achievement Business Challenge provides a great opportunity for high school students to gain the business acumen and leadership skills they will need to successfully participate in the global economy," said Tim Greinert,pPresident of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

"Kohl's and Junior Achievement share a strong commitment to kids' education initiatives, and we are proud to present the JA Business Challenge," said Kevin Mansell, chairman, president and CEO of Kohl's Department Stores. "We believe this program creates a unique learning opportunity for Milwaukee area youth and helps prepare them for future success and business leadership."

Area high school teams that competed:

· First Place Red: Bayview High School; Ally Milinski, Amy Sanchez and Michele Kosmalski; adviser: Dan Erdmann, Kohl's Department Stores

· Second Place Red: South Milwaukee High School; Jessie Agastra, Nadia Mandilawi and William Markowiak; adviser: Cheryl Diderich, CFS Market Connections

· First Place White: St. Francis High School; Haley Feuling, Ryan Deck and Caytie Joe Boknevitz; adviser: Jeremiah Bloomberg, UPS

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