Fairfield students win scholarships

On March 9, Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut held its 8th annual High School Business Challenge at Sacred Heart University. Forty students from the Western Connecticut region spent the day at the university rubbing elbows with elected officials, networking with area professionals and business leaders, along with competing for scholarships using Junior Achievement’s interactive business simulation program.

Students felt the pressure of being in the CEO’s seat and were tasked to make important business decisions that could make or break their virtual businesses. Throughout this competition, students developed skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork, while learning about important business concepts like business management, research and development, production, and marketing.

Students from Fairfield Ludlowe High School finished in first place, with each student winning a $1,000 scholarship. Fairfield Warde High School placed second, winning $500 each, and students from Seymour High School placed first in the consolation bracket.

Michael from Fairfield Warde High School stated, “It gave me a better idea of what it would be like to manage a business, sparking my interest in that field.” Atique from Bassick High School added, “This was an amazing experience that I will remember forever.”

The Business Challenge event was more than a business competition; it was also an opportunity to be on a college campus and network with high level experienced professionals. This year’s event featured a Networking and Business Etiquette session led by Sean Heffron, Executive Director of Student Success at Sacred Heart University.

“The Junior Achievement Business Challenge event exemplifies the work that our organization does with young people in our community: providing interactive programs and experiences that teach practical lessons on business, financial literacy, and work readiness, while fostering the growth of soft skills,” said Bernadine Venditto, president of Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut.

Many guests were in attendance, including Dr. Matthew Conway, superintendent of Derby schools, State Senator Tony Hwang, and Dr. Carol Merlone, superintendent of Ansonia Schools, among others.

Major sponsors included, Title Sponsor, Odyssey Logistics & Technology, Pitney Bowes, Hubbell Incorporated, Microsoft, People’s United Bank, Santa Energy Corporation, Webster Bank, and Wells Fargo.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School students Samantha Keane, Michael Bourque, Yeyint Tun, Nathan Roberts.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School students Samantha Keane, Michael Bourque, Yeyint Tun, Nathan Roberts.

Fairfield Warde High School students Joe Gjinaj, Lily Cherniske, Kayla Krasnow, Michael Murphy.

Fairfield Warde High School students Joe Gjinaj, Lily Cherniske, Kayla Krasnow, Michael Murphy.

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