CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - May 23, 2014) - A team of students from University School, a private independent boys' school with locations in Shaker Heights and Hunting Valley, Ohio, placed third May 14 in the national Junior Achievement (JA) Virtual Titan Competition. The competition uses JA Titan, a business simulation program designed to teach high school students about business principles.
Prior to the national competition, University School took the top spot out of 27 teams in the Cleveland JA Titan competition, held April 11 at Parker Hannifin Corporation's global headquarters. This allowed it to compete in the national virtual JA Titan competition, where it placed behind students from Quebec who took second place and students from Michigan who earned first place.
Team member Graham Outcalt says his Junior Achievement experience helped him make college plans. "The program confirmed my desire to go into business. The best part was making decisions on the spot and working under pressure. It was a rush, and I also walked away learning a lot."
The JA Titan program provides each school with a volunteer coach who works with the students throughout the school year. Tom Forman, chairman of AlSher Titania, served as the University School team coach. "The skills students learned from JA Titan are invaluable," Forman said. "Not only do they get to have fun, they learn how to navigate real-world business challenges."
Greg Malkin, Director of the Entrepreneur Institute at University School, has been a long-time Junior Achievement educator. "JA brings a unique perspective to the classroom. Our students gain exposure to the world of work and develop 21st century learning skills like critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving."
Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland plans to host a local JA Titan competition in 2015. High school teachers interested in the program and a JA volunteer are encouraged to contact Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland at 216-861-8080.
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. More than 50,000 students throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties will participate in K-12 school programs during the 2013-2014 school year. Contact the organization at 216-861-8080 or visit www.jacleveland.org.