Students from Oak Creek High School and 19 other area schools took a walk in some big shoes Thursday when they worked one-on-one with local business leaders at the Junior Achievement Business Challenge at Briggs & Stratton Corp.
These teens got the chance to test their intellect at running a business using a hands-on computer simulation. From choosing what products to buy, just how much of that product, marketing and capital investments to research and development choices, they were all acting CEOs for a day.
"This challenge is uniquely positioned to help the students use their creativity, test their leadership skills and participate in a competitive nature that focuses on business and entrepreneurship," said Todd J. Teske, chairman, president and CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corp., in a press release. "The skills that are gained from this exercise are real life examples that can only enhance their knowledge of business and positively position them for future success."
There were multiple teams from each of the 20 schools that competed in Thursday's event in Wauwatosa, which was presented by Kohl's Cares. Of those, here's a breakdown of the winners and what they will receive:
In the Blue Category:
- First Place – Greenfield High School. Students took home a $750 scholarship to be used for secondary education and a pair of Milwaukee Admiral's tickets.
- Second Place – Greenfield High School. Each student took home a $200 Kohl's gift card and a pair of Milwaukee Admiral's tickets.
- Third Place – Homestead High School. Student received a $100 Kohl's gift card and a pair of Milwaukee Admiral's tickets.
In the Red Category:
- First Place – Brookfield East High School. Each competitor received a $50 Kohl's gift card and a pair of Milwaukee Admiral's tickets.
- Second Place – Franklin High School. Each team member received a pair of Milwaukee Admiral's tickets.
In the White Category:
- Catholic Memorial High School. Students received a $50 Kohl's gift card and and a pair of Milwaukee Admiral's tickets.
In the Yellow Category:
- Greendale High School. Each team member received a pair of Milwaukee Admiral's tickets.
Because Greenfield High School students took first and second in the Blue category, they will move on to compete in the Statewide Business Challenge in Sheboygan on April 25.