Fairfield Ludlowe wins business challenge


Fairfield Ludlowe High School took first place in the Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut’s High School Business Challenge. Shown, from left, are Evan MacGuffie, Brett Dammeyer, Billy Moeder, Isabele Chediak and teacher Thomas Reindel. (Capitol PhotoInteractive photo)

Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut held its annual High School Business Challenge at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business on March 28.

Fourteen area high school teams spent the day at Fairfield University talking with elected officials and area professionals and business leaders, along with competing for scholarships using Junior Achievement’s interactive business simulation program.

The “company” teams were challenged to outperform the competition in profit, sales and market share. Through this experience they learn problem-solving, critical thinking and business strategy skills.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School finished first, with each student winning a $1,000 scholarship. Newtown High School came in second, with each student winning a $500 scholarship.

The event is an opportunity to be on a college campus and interact with experienced professionals. This year’s event featured Adam Dworkin, executive director, Griffin Faculty Practice Plan; Carla Sullivan, director of corporate relations, Fairfield University; and Sherrell Dorsey, Zoom Foundation Public Policy Fellow, Office of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.

“In addition to the competition, the event fosters the interaction of students with elected officials, directors of the JAWCT board and other business professionals,” said Bernadine Venditto, president of Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut. “We thank our partners — donors, volunteers and educators — for helping to make this event such a valuable experience for the students.”

Alexander Long, president of the Fairfield University Student Association, was the featured speaker. Also in attendance were state Reps. Tony Hwang, Brenda Kupchick and David Rutigliano.

“Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics,” Kupchick said. “The program teaches real life lessons to be successful. I admire the adults who give this opportunity to our young people.”

Sponsors included Odyssey Logistics & Technology, Integrated Print Solutions, Pitney Bowes and Santa Energy.

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