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Tyson Fleshner and Jacob Hill of Union High School win Scholarship


The regional JA Titan® Challenge, presented by TrueNorth Companies, took place virtually on Wednesday, April 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This competition placed 48 high school juniors and seniors in the CEO seat to help increase their understanding of business while competing for college scholarships.

First place scholarship winners were Jonathan Gentz and Kylee Mrzlak from Denver High School. The team was mentored by Matt Loesche from Dupaco Community Credit Union. Each student received a $1,500 scholarship for post-secondary education to the college or university of their choice. Members of the second place team were Tyson Fleshner and Jacob Hill from Union High School. The team was mentored by Zach Tompkins from Community Bank & Trust. Each student received a $750 scholarship.

“Jacob and Tyson came in very prepared. They had a plan and executed. I might have provided a couple pointers, but it was all them and I was very impressed. Looking forward to next year!” – Zach Thompkins

Students from six area high schools (Denver, Iowa City, Union, Valley Lutheran, Waterloo West, and Waverly-Shell Rock) competed in teams of two and spent the morning using Junior Achievement’s newly updated JA Titan® simulation to make key decisions while managing and operating their own virtual business. Companies (teams) were challenged to outperform the competition in profit, sales, and market share with the support of a volunteer mentor.

Sponsors for the virtual event include:

· CEO Sponsor - TrueNorth Companies

· CFO Sponsor - Schimberg Co.

· COO Sponsor - Transamerica

· VP Sponsors 

 Alliant Energy

 Climate Engineers

 Farmers State Bank (Marion)

 New Leader Manufacturing

· Scholarship Sponsors

 Berthel Fisher Companies

 Dupaco Community Credit Union

 Hawkeye Community College

 ImOn Communications


 Schumacher Elevator Company

· Achievement Sponsors

 Bankers Trust

 Farmers State Bank (Waterloo)

· Team Sponsors


 Berthel Fisher Companies

 CBE Group, Inc.

 Community Bank & Trust

 First Bank

 General Mills, Inc.

 Hawkeye Title & Settlement

 Monsanto Company

 NXT Bank

 Panther Sports Properties

 RTL Equipment, Inc.

 Waterloo Warehousing & Service Co. Inc

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