The annual CQUniversity School Business Challenge kicked off last week with round one producing strong competition from Shalom College who took home the Wide Bay title.
Attracting more than 30 schools from across Queensland, the School Business Challenge involved high school students from Years 10 to 12 battling it out in three regional competitions: North Queensland, Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions.
Participating teams were challenged to correctly answer a number of multiple-choice questions on diverse business-related subjects.
Shalom College students Bonnie Stephenson, Dane Harris, Frances Corpe and George Chelatt were crowned the Wide Bay winners after going head-to-head in the School Business Challenge.
They will now compete in the finals on 26 July for a total prize pool worth approximately $50,000, including $6500 in cash prizes available to winning schools and $43,000 in scholarships to be shared among the winning students.
CQUniversity senior lecturer and School Business Challenge quiz master Martin Turner said there was great energy and humour among the competing teams.
Mr Turner said this year’s participants had set the bar high for future competitors and added how appreciative he was for the nine competition sponsors who all greatly contributed to the event.
“There was also a lot of networking going on between business teachers at different high schools and our accounting firm sponsors at each of our campuses.
“We were able to assist Justine Lyons, who is the Business Teacher at St Margaret Mary’s College in Townsville, promote amongst other business teachers in Townsville to participate in a Business Teachers Networking Event she is organising in May.”
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