Education

Lordstown Team Wins JA Titan Contest

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A team from Lordstown High School won Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley’s annual JA Titan contest, beating out 25 other groups at Youngstown State University March 14 and taking home $500 scholarships.

In all, 77 students from Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties took part in the competition. Through an online portal, teams took over companies, making management decisions from research and development to pricing to marketing. Each team was paired with a local professional to aid them in developing their fictional business.

On the winning team were Mary Harvey, Blaze Miller and Marty Neider. Their professional mentor was Bob Aducci of Illuminate Education.

Competing this year were Cardinal Mooney, Chalker, Champion, Chaney, East Palestine, Howland, John F. Kennedy Catholic, Lakeview, Liberty, Lordstown, McKinley Jr./Sr., Mineral Ridge and Pymatuning high schools, as well as Warriors Inc.

“This was my first experience as a volunteer for JA. As a Liberty Township resident I was excited to assist the team,” said Deborah Grinstein, community development officer for Farmers Trust Co. and a mentor for Liberty students, in a release. “My experience surpassed my expectations. They came to the games prepared and ready to compete. I was so impressed with their strategies and tenacity. Obviously, winning was only one goal for the day. The more important one was how to work together and play the game.”

Pictured: Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley President Michele Merkel, Lordstown High School students Mary Harvey, Blaze Miller and Marty Neider, and mentor Jim Sebastian, branch manager for Home Savings Bank.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.