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Junior Achievement Announces Scholarship Winners From the 2018 Titan Business Challenge


Junior Achievement logoNEW BEDFORD, MA, March 20, 2018 — Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts (JA) and its Title Sponsor, Bristol County Savings Bank, announce that of the 59 teams from 11 high schools throughout southern Massachusetts who competed in the recent JA Titan Business Challenge at UMass Dartmouth, the three top performing teams were: First Place – Dighton–Rehoboth High School (Team Falcons 1) in North Dighton; Second Place – New Bedford High School (Team Whalers 2) from New Bedford; and Third Place – Bishop Stang High School (Team Spartans 4) in Dartmouth.  Each member of the first, second and third place teams will 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:

2018 Titan Business Challenge First Place Team – Dighton–Rehoboth High School (Team Falcons 1): students Megan Kelley and Colby Deschenes; business mentor Travis Sears of FedEx.First Place – Dighton–Rehoboth High School (Team Falcons 1): students Megan Kelley and Colby Deschenes; business mentor Travis Sears of FedEx; and school coordinator Patricia Madsen.

Second Place – New Bedford High School (Team Whalers 2): students Giovanni Dessert, Edward Lima and Jadrian Carrion; business mentor Michael Abdur-Rahman of Coastal Financial; and school coordinator Kenneth Gouveia.

Third Place – Bishop Stang High School (Team Spartans 4): students Jennifer Chen, Sam Yu and Christine Yu; business mentor Susan Miles; and school coordinator Edna McKenna.

“Thanks to our very generous donors and volunteers, the 5th Annual JA Titan Business Challenge was a resounding success,” said Jeffrey Pelletier, President of JA of Southern Massachusetts.  “We saw nearly 200 students from 11 area schools get to prepare for their futures as well as network with leaders from the local business, education and nonprofit communities.  Plus, we were able to award nearly $7,000 in scholarships to local students at the end of the day – important support that they can use to continue their education as they approach high school graduation.”

The following schools participated in the 2018 JA Titan Business Challenge: Apponequet Regional High School, Atlantis Charter School, Bishop Feehan High School, Bishop Stang High School, BMC Durfee High School, Dartmouth High School, Dighton–Rehoboth High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford 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, Caliber Home Loans, Mansfield Bank, BankFive, Webster Bank, SCBA, RE/MAX Vantage, Clifton Larson Allen, Stonegate Mortgage, John M. Brum Law Office, Carl’s Collision Center and Winslow & Sanders.

“The Bank was excited to collaborate with Junior Achievement for a fifth straight year and help support a unique educational experience that provided hands-on learning for all the participating students,” said Patrick J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank.  ”Congratulations to the winners and to all the schools who took part in the competition for understanding how important it is to expose their students to this real-world business simulation.”

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 trained JA volunteers reinforced concepts and offered professional advice.  Teams then engaged in three rounds of play 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 is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs to students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.  This year, Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts will impact nearly 7,000 students in over 200 classrooms 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.