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Schools battle it out for business challenge honours

School Business Challenge
CQUniversity School Business Challenge Wide Bay Region winner Bundaberg State High School represented by Ethan Stevens, Kirra Antrobus, Ella King and Jorja McRae.

The annual CQUniversity School Business Challenge was back this week with Bundaberg State High School taking out top honours in the first round, progressing them through to the national final.

The competition is aimed at Year 12 high school students from around the region, with a total prize pool worth more than $60,000 on offer.

Participating secondary schools enter a team of four students who are challenged to correctly answer a number of multiple-choice questions on diverse business-related subjects.

After last night’s winning round, each member of the Bundaberg State High School team received a $1500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business & Law at CQUniversity.

In addition, the school also received a perpetual trophy and a cash prize of $500.

CQUniversity Senior Lecturer Martin Turner explained that the university was excited to have been able to be able to host the 20th annual School Business Challenge after a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“This year’s CQUniversity School Business Challenge proved to be hotly contested and lots of fun for all involved,” Mr Turner said.

“We are so glad to be back after the pandemic prevented us from running the competition last year, with this being the 20th year the competition has run.”

Drawing schools from around the state for the first round of competition, the SBC saw 27 schools participate in three regional competitions: North Queensland, Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions.

All three regional competitions were held simultaneously, hooking up via video conference.

Seven schools from across the region participated last night at CQUniversity Bundaberg Campus which included Bundaberg Christian College, Bundaberg North State High, Bundaberg State High, Gin Gin State High, St Luke’s Anglican College, Shalom College and Isis State High School.

Each member of the School Business Challenge winning team of the National Final will receive an additional $2500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business & Law at CQUniversity.

In addition, the winning School will receive a perpetual trophy and $3000 cash prize and the runner-up school will receive a $1500 cash prize.

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