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Student team from PASS-Woodwinds Alternate School takes top spot in Junior Achievement’s Online Business Challenge

Photo: Winners of the Online Business Challenge with their teacher, Toby Nowak

January 27, 2015

On Monday, January 26, 2015, a team from PASS-Woodwinds Alternate School in Parksville was named Titans of the Industry and recognized for their first place win in Junior Achievement of British Columbia’s (JABC) Online Business Challenge.

The winning team, naming themselves, The Under Achievers, is comprised of Kyle Johnson, Ryan Quinney and Antonio Zanchetta. 53 teams from around British Columbia participated in this three-week challenge, and this is the first win ever for the school. They were supported throughout the challenge by their business teacher, Toby Nowak.

The top three teams in order of placement are:

  1. PASS/Woodwinds Alternate School, Parksville; Team Name: The Under Achievers
  2. Burnaby North Secondary School, Burnaby’ Team Name: The Real Deal
  3. West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver; Team Name: Free Cash Flow

The winning team members were presented with plaques at an event at their school in front of parents, teachers and special guests. Rob Duncan, JABC Board Member, spoke on behalf of JABC and presented the certificates to the students. He commented, “This is an extraordinary achievement for these young men, and Antonio, Kyle and Ryan have proudly represented their school in this annual competition. JABC hopes that this opportunity has inspired and empowered these young men to take what they have learned in the challenge and pursue their dreams of a career in business.”

The Business Challenge is based on the Junior Achievement (JA) Titan Business Game where students work in teams of three to manage a virtual company. Students act as company CEOs and compete for market share and financial success. The Challenge uses the business concepts and strategies learned throughout the JA Titan program in the classroom including production, staffing and investment decisions, marketing and pricing challenges, corporate responsibility and charitable giving, decision-making and leadership.

The online Business Challenge is held twice a year and the next round begins in May of 2015. The JA Titan Business Challenge is generously sponsored by Accenture, Chartered Professional Accountants, Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, and TELUS Vancouver Community Board.

For more information, please contact:

Rosine Hage-Moussa
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Junior Achievement of British Columbia
604-688-3887 ext. 231