JA Business Challenge winners announced

The 14th annual Wolf River Area Junior Achievement Business Challenge was held Feb. 21 in Shawano. Ten high school teams representing Bonduel, Gresham and Shawano schools competed for scholarships, prizes and the opportunity to advance to the statewide competition.

Using an online business simulator, student teams were required to manufacture and market a product. They competed against other teams for profits, sales and market shares in the daylong event, which was hosted by AgSource/Genex. Chad Kary from The Launching Pad was the emcee, and Butch Hesse from Butch’s Archery was the guest speaker.

The first-place blue industry team from Gresham was Justice Paiser, Sydney Mohawk and Andrew Galland. They were awarded $500 scholarships.

The second-place blue industry team from Shawano was Collin Buerman, Eli Magee and Charlie Kuhn. They were awarded $250 scholarships and will join the first-place team at the state Junior Achievement Business Challenge, which will be held May 2 at Acuity in Sheboygan.

The first-place red industry team from Bonduel — Dylan Springborn, Skylar Sexton and Colin Hanus — received $25 Kwik Trip and $5 Walmart gift cards. The second-place red industry team from Shawano — Bryce Stomberg, Steven Hoffmann, Nathan Krizan — received $10 Shell and $5 Walmart gift cards.

Winners of a Facebook marketing challenge won $10 gift certificates to John’s One Stop. That team, from Shawano, included Lindsey Roloff, Isabella Burr and Matthew Schwitzer, mentored by Paul Black. Eli Magee, also of Shawano, won the drawing for a $500 Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College scholarship, which was donated by the NWTC Educational Foundation.

This event would not have been possible without the following sponsors: Little Rapids Corporation/Egan Family Foundation, Walmart, BMO Financial, TransCanada Charitable Foundation, Shawano Optimist Club, AgSource/Genex, CoVantage Credit Union, Premier Community Bank, Premier Investment Services, State Bank, MSA Professional Services Inc., Shawano Lake Lions Club and the Karla Hoffman family. Meal sponsors included: Farm Inn’ on Main, AgSource/Genex, Walmart, Old Glory Candy and Frito Lay.