DeForest Area High School students Cody Dobson and Clayton Gotzion are the champions of the JA Student Business Challenge, held on March 5 at American Family Insurance. According to Beth KM Tomscak, Senior Program Manager for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc, they will each receive a $1000 scholarship. Tomscak said they also qualified for the Wisconsin state championship at Acuity in Sheboygan on April 23rd.
The Junior Achievement Business Challenge is a business strategy tournament using the JA Titan program—an online business education program. The competition is uniquely designed to unleash student creativity, test leadership skills and demonstrate the competitive nature of the free enterprise system. This is a one-time, one-day event.
Working with a business volunteer, student teams (2 students) strategize to operate the most successful business and perform the duties of a company’s management team. This year Tim Anthon is working with Cody and Clayton as their volunteer business mentor. Students make real economic decisions on price, production, marketing, capital investment, and research and development. Each round of competition simulates a business quarter in which students make decisions resulting in a performance index (PI) score. Local winners advance to the statewide competition.