Fairfield Ludlowe High School finished in first place in the High School Business Challenge competition sponsored last month by Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut.
Students on Ludlowe's winning team are Isabele Chediak, Brett Dammeyer, Evan MacGuffie and Billy Moeder. Their adviser is Thomas Reindel. Each of the students was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Fourteen area high school teams competed in the fourth annual event, held March 28 at the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.
The "company" teams were challenged to outperform the competition in profit, sales and market share. The competition was based on Junior Achievement's interactive business simulation program to learn problem-solving, critical thinking, and business strategy skills. As part of the program, the students spent the day at Fairfield University interacting with area business leaders and elected officials.
Alexander Long, president of the Fairfield University Student Association, was the featured speaker of the day, delivering a message about life lessons he learned throughout his college experience. Long advised the high school students to set goals, not expectations, and encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones and not be afraid to get involved.
Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that, through educational programs, helps young people value free enterprise. The offices of Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut are in Bridgeport. For more information, call 203-382-0180.