EAU CLAIRE — More than 100 high school students from 13 school districts across northwestern Wisconsin competed for scholarships. The teams competed on who could run the most successful business during the JA Business Challenge presented by Fairmount Santrol on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire. After a day of strategizing with local business professionals, 16 high school students reaped the benefit for their efforts and won post-secondary scholarships.
Junior Achievement is pleased to announce this year’s JA Business Challenge 2015 scholarship winners:
• First Place: Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School students Katie Benson, Indy Thompson, and Katelyn Kiernik each won $600 scholarships provided by the William J. & Gertrude R. Casper Foundation. The team was sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey and mentored by Doug Westholm.
• Second Place: McDonell Central High School students Jacob Lindsley, David Van Dyke, and Bryan Misener, each won $400 scholarships provided by Market & Johnson, Inc. The team was sponsored by Marco and mentored by Ryan Krautkramer, UWEC Student
• Third Place: Chippewa Falls Senior High School students Riley Patrow and Shane Schauss each won $200 scholarships provided by WESTconsin Credit Union. The team was sponsored by WESTconsin Credit Union and mentored by Chris Brooke
• Fourth Place: Boyceville Middle-High School students Rachal Anderson, Andrew Marshall and Jivanta Prida each won $100 scholarships provided by William J & Gertrude R. Casper Foundation. The team was sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and Sam Gearing from State Farm Insurance was the mentor.
The first and second place team will compete at the Wisconsin JA Business Challenge competition April 23, 2015 at Acuity in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
About Junior Achievement (JA)
Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students K-12 about entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work-readiness through experiential hands-on programs. With the help of 750 volunteers and 750 teachers, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. Northwest District serves more than 17,903 students throughout northwestern Wisconsin. For more information visit http://wisconsin.ja.org or call 715.835.5566.