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Junior Achievement Announces Scholarship Winners From the 2019 Titan Business Challenge

NEW BEDFORD, MA, March 18, 2019 — Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts (JA) and its Title Sponsor, Bristol County Savings Bank, announce that of the 61 teams from 12 high schools throughout southern Massachusetts who competed in this past Tuesday’s JA Titan Business Challenge at UMass Dartmouth, the three top performing teams were: First Place – Bishop Stang High School (Team 1) in Dartmouth; Second Place – Dighton–Rehoboth Regional High School (Team 7) of North Dighton; and Third Place – Apponequet Regional High School (Team 3) in Lakeville.  Each member of the first, second and third place teams receive scholarships to a post secondary school they choose to attend in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively.  UMass Dartmouth will match the scholarship awards from any of the winning students who choose to attend the University. The Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge is a business strategy competition in which high school sophomores, juniors and seniors compete against other schools in teams using an online, interactive business simulation game which provides students with essential business knowledge.

 The winners are as follows:

Image of 2019 Titan Business Challenge WinnersFirst Place –Bishop Stang High School (Team 1): students George Brown, Clinton Hegarty and Benjamin Markert; business mentor Matthew Pelletier with Dell; and school coordinators Dan Dias and Edna McKennda.

Second Place – Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School (Team 7): students Wyatt Nastar, Kameron Robitaille and Rhett Whittaker; business mentor James Nadeau of Webster Bank; and school coordinator Patricia Madsen.

Third Place – Apponequet Regional High School (Team 3): students Brendan O’Connor, Robert Pacheco and Aidan Wilson; business mentor Angelbeth Faria of Bristol County Savings Bank; and school coordinators Thomas Johnson, Ulysses Lafleur and Frank Rosa.

“The JA Titan Business Challenge unites individuals from the business, education and nonprofit sectors to inspire and prepare our local high school students for their bright futures. This year’s program was a great success thanks to Bristol County Savings Bank, UMass Dartmouth and all of our sponsors and volunteers who come together to support these students.” said Jeffrey Pelletier, President of JA of Southern Massachusetts.

The following schools participated in the 2019 Junior Achievement Titan Challenge: Apponequet Regional High School, Atlantis Charter High School, Bishop Connolly High School, Bishop Stang High School, B.M.C. Durfee High School, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School, Dighton–Rehoboth Regional High School, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fairhaven High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Taunton High School and Westport High School.

In addition to partnering with UMass Dartmouth and lead sponsor, Bristol County Savings Bank, Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts enlisted the support of many local partners to ensure an impactful event for the participating students. Additional major sponsors included: Acushnet Company; Raw Sea Foods, Inc.; Mansfield Bank; Webster Bank; BankFive; BayCoast Bank; SCBA; Milestone Mortgage Solutions; Balkun Title and Closing; Carl’s Collision Center; John M. Brum, Attorney at Law; and Stonegate Mortgage.

“The Bank was so proud to once again partner with Junior Achievement to help these high school students learn real world business skills in a non-traditional environment,” said Patrick J. Murray, Jr., President & CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank. “The winning teams should be commended as participants are becoming more adept at the game each year. However, the real winners are all the schools, teams and mentors who took part and learned from this unique educational experience.”

To prepare for the competition, students practiced and learned key business concepts that they needed to employ during the business simulation. The day of the event, participants attended breakout sessions in which member of the business community reinforced concepts and offered professional advice. Teams then engaged in two rounds of competition as each team made decisions under the guidance of a volunteer business mentor. Students competed for college scholarships while gaining insight into the world of business, at no cost to the students or their high schools. In addition to developing budgets and interpreting financial reports, students increased their knowledge of pricing, production, capital investment, research and development, marketing and charitable giving.

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA provides in-school and out-of-school programs to students’ kindergarten through twelfth grade, which focus on three key content areas: financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship. This year JA will impact nearly 7,000 students across 21 cities and towns throughout Bristol and Southern Plymouth Counties. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Pelletier, President, Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts, at jeffrey.pelletier@ja.org or call the JA office at 508-997-6536.