Written by Marcia Love (Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter)
If you want business advice, students at Memorial Composite High School (MCHS) could offer some very helpful insight.
Several students from the Stony Plain high school travelled to Calgary on Feb. 11 to compete in the Ivey School of Business Case Competition. The group of six students from Grade 11 and 12 was comprised of Allyssa Bruer, Kenneth Chechotko, Andrew Christie, Kaitlin Lutz, Hannah Petterson and Jack Toney.
Bruer’s team won, and Lutz’s team finished second.
“They were excited and they had fun,” said Troy Stuckey, who teaches business education at MCHS.
The six local students were broken into separate teams.
Ten teams competed, and MCHS students were the only ones from outside the Calgary area to participate.
The Case Competition was hosted by West Island College, and Ivey is located at the University of Western Ontario.
Teams were presented with a business case that actually happened to a business and were expected to resolve it.
In the case presented, clients were having problems differentiating between a specific company and a local company, and students had to find a solution to the problem.
They have three hours to prepare and then present as a team to a panel of judges. A final round is then held between the top teams, who present again to the judges.
Stuckey noted the two local students whose teams placed first and second had unique ideas that they felt could be implemented by the business.
“If the business didn’t like it, they could get rid of the marketing idea and go back to the way it was with very little cost,” the teacher explained.
Stuckey takes students from his business classes in Grade 10 to 12 who have a keen interest in business to the Case Competitions.
“It kind of rewards the kids who want to do something outside of school and at the same time do something in a field they’re interested in, which might result in a scholarship,” he explained, noting several of the competitions offer $1,000 scholarships to students. “For a lot of them, once they experience it they find it’s fun. It’s easier for me to ask them, because now there’s more kids that want to get involved.”
On top of benefitting those students who wish to pursue business studies in post-secondary school, the Case Competitions also improve students’ public speaking skills, Stuckey added.
MCHS students previously took part in another business competition in Edmonton in December.
They are now gearing up for the next Case Competition in Surrey, B.C. in April, followed by the final one of the year in Regina.