This year on April 16th, 175 High School Students from over 10 high schools competed in various challenges in Junior Achievement’s second annual JA You’re Hired Challenge. The event this year was held at the Chicago O’Hare Marriott with the University of Phoenix serving as the presenting partner for the day.
Students selected various session topics during the day ranging from interviewing skills, business etiquette, product development, ethical decision making, budgeting, how to use social media and leadership. At the end of the day student challenge winners were awarded gift cards, sponsored by Discover Financial Services. On this day student-run JA companies competed for the title of Company of the Year as well. Eight student companies presented their business plans and results to a panel of judges. These student groups also showed off their products in our JA Company Business Expo, presented by Discover. The Company of the year for fiscal 2013 was Hometown Classics from Barrington High School sponsored by PepsiCo. This company outperformed their peers in running their nostalgic postcard company. With great leadership and support, they delivered a great product and a healthy return to their shareholders.
JA You’re Hired could not happen without the support of some great partners who not only provided volunteers for the event but sponsored many of the sessions that the students benefited from during the day. JA would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make this year’s event such a success:
University of Phoenix
Chicago O’Hare Marriott