Education

Van Buren students earn second place in Titan Challenge

VAN BUREN, Maine — Van Buren Regional Technology Center has announced the success of Business Education students in the JA (Junior Achievement) of Maine Titan Challenge.  

Congratulations to the team of Henry Hebert, Blake Martin, and Rudy Quinonez on their second-place finish in the JA of Maine Titan Challenge. The JA of Maine Titan Challenge happened virtually statewide during the week of April 5-9, with a total of 87 teams competing from Van Buren to Sanford.  

This year’s JA Titan Challenge featured a brand new user experience developed by a national design group.  The 250-plus Maine high schoolers participating in the experience were the first in the nation to compete on the redeveloped competition platform.  

Van Buren had three teams participating under the direction of Mr. Steve Thibodeau, Van Buren Regional Technology Center Business Teacher.  Other participants included:  Kylie Levesque, Erik Rossignol, Eric LaPlante, Alexis Violette, Britney Ferguson, Brett Lizotte, and Joshua Smith.  

The Junior Achievement Titan Challenge is an online business manufacturing simulation program.  Each team is tasked with having a Senior Management Team for their company which is responsible for developing strategies to make the business successful quarter by quarter.  This competition tests students in creativity, leadership, and their ability to be competitive in the free enterprise system.  

Each team goes head-to-head with decision making in their own virtual business.  Their success or failure in their virtual business is based on the decisions that they make.  Students enter decisions about price, production, marketing, capital investment, corporate social responsibility, and research and development.  

A second-place finish for these students earned them each a $500 scholarship sponsored by the MES Foundation.  The team extended special thanks to Erica Lovely for coming to work with them to prepare for the event.  

For more information about the JA Titan Challenge, contact Jenna Jeffrey at jjeffrey@jamaine.org or by calling 207-347-4333.

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