CQ School heads to national finals Business Challenge

NORTH Rockhampton State High School has earned a place in the national final of the CQUniversity Schools’ Business Challenge, scheduled for July 18, after winning its local round one event held this week.

The winning NRSHS team comprising Sarah Coker, Felicity Finlayson, Elizabeth Hiley and Kohde Pitcher prevailed over runners-up Heights College and Rockhampton Sate High School, and teams from several other local schools.

From the dozens of competing schools at locations throughout Queensland, the round one winners were Holy Spirit College (Mackay); Tannum Sands State High School (Gladstone); Peace Lutheran College (Cairns); North Rockhampton High School (Rockhampton); St Luke’s Anglican School (Bundaberg): and Gilroy Santa Maria College – Ingham (Townsville). A Victorian school, Sunshine College, will also progress to the national final.

Runners-up at each location were Gin Gin State High School (Bundaberg); St Patrick’s College (Mackay), Pimlico State High School (Townsville); Heights College and Rockhampton State High School (Rockhampton); Toolooa State High School (Gladstone) and Redlynch State College (Cairns).

Participating secondary schools enter a team of four Year 12 students who are challenged to correctly answer a number of multiple-choice questions on diverse business-related subjects.

CQUniversity lecturer and local event organiser Gordon Stewart said the atmosphere between the teams was very good and everyone offered supportive feedback.

Dean of Business and Law, Professor Lee Di Milia says the round one winners will compete in the national final via video conference links.

“The Schools’ Business Challenge is helping us to smooth the transition for students between high school and university,” Professor Di Milia said.

“The challenge is now in its third year and we have had the biggest number of schools enter the competition, including one in Victoria.”

Each member of the winning team in Round 1 will receive a $1500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business and Law at CQUniversity.

In addition, the winning school will receive a perpetual trophy and a cash prize of $500.

Each member of the winning team of the national final will receive an additional $2500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business and Law at CQUniversity.

In addition, the winning school will receive a perpetual trophy and $3500 cash prize and the runner-up school will receive a $1500 cash prize.