Feb. 26, 2013
Students from seven local high schools tested their business smarts recently during the Future CEOs competition at the Faculty of Business Administration.
The third year for the event, Future CEOs brings together student teams to learn what it means to study business. They participate in a lecture, learn how to analyze a case study and give a group presentation.
"The Future CEOs event is a way to engage high school students in business," says Lisa Badcock, student liaison officer. "Students get a chance to put their creativity, teamwork and presentation skills to work in trying to solve our business case."
This year's competition was marketing-focused with each team being asked to devise a marketing plan to sell merchandise for the St. John's Ice Caps. The students chose which promotional items should be sold, worked with a strict budget and outlined the possible problems and solutions with their plan. They then presented the results of their brainstorming to a panel of judges.
First place went to Patrick Butler, Jennifer Brenton, Emma Power and Kristyn Chaffey from Queen Elizabeth Regional High.
In second place were Mark Brennan, Angelise States, Claire Riggs and Maura Brennan from St. Bonaventure's College.
Two teams tied for third place: Crescent Collegiate (Marissa Keating, Alicia Gillam, Megan Cranford and Noelle Russell) and O'Donel High (Nicholas Kennedy, Jennifer Butt and Adam Snow).
Teams from Mount Pearl Senior High, Gonzaga High School and Holy Heart High School also participated.
Dr. Kirby Shannahan, Prof. Darragh McManamon and international programs officer Ms. Victoria Greey were the judges for the event. Dr. Tom Cooper presented the lecture.
Prof. McManamon, in his first year as a judge, says he was impressed with quality of teams and presentations. "[It was] very good. Little separated the winning teams from the rest of the competitors."
"Excellent teamwork and communication skills," gave the team from Queen Elizabeth the winning edge, he adds.
Future CEOs aims to promote awareness of the variety of careers that are available through the study of business as well as an understanding of what it means to study business in university.
"We were very pleased with the turnout this year. All the students seemed to enjoy the day and had fun throughout the different aspects of the event," says Mrs. Badcock.
"It was a great way to have high school students experience a little bit of what business is all about."
Future CEOs was held on Feb. 15 at the Faculty of Business Administration.