MHS takes part in business strategy tournament for high school students

MENDOTA - A team of Mendota High School students, Trent Stamberger, Damien Hampton, Tyler Corry, and Andrew Fittanto and their advisor, Brad Piller, took part in the JA (Junior Achievement) Titan Competition on Oct. 30. The local competition took place at Sauk Valley Community College.

JA Titan allows high school students to apply their business knowledge by competing online in a fictional industry. While simulating business quarters, students make decisions on price, production, marketing, capital investments, and research and development. These decisions determine the success or failure of their virtual company.

The Mendota students put their skills and knowledge gained from JA Titan to the test by competing with high school teams from LaSalle-Peru, Prophetstown and Sterling in the Drs. David & Agnes Palmer JA Titan Competition.

Taking first place was Newman Central Catholic High School Team 2. They will advance to the scholarship round on Wednesday, Nov. 14 to compete against other high schools throughout JA of the Heartland’s 24-county territory.

Business mentors for the participating schools included LaSalle-Peru - Linda Hessenberger, Central Bank Illinois; Mendota - Brad Piller, First State Bank; Newman Team 1 - Bill Weronko, KSB Hospital; Newman Team 2 - Bob LaFever, UPM Raflatac, Inc.; and Prophetstown - Erin Van Unnik, Farmers National Bank of Prophetstown.

Sponsors of the local competition included Vickie Anne Palmer, Sauk Valley Community College, Ag View FS, Central Bank Illinois, Eureka Savings Bank, KSB Hospital, Spectrum Brands and UPM Raflatac, Inc.

To test your business knowledge, access the public version of JA Titan at

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