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Enterprise Olympics 2009

The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon is pleased to announce the names of the provincial award winners in the 9th Annual Market Your Thoughts Essay Competition and the 7th Annual Create A Logo Competition. The competitions involve students from grades 4-9. Students are asked to identify business opportunities that they believe could work in their community, their region, or anywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador. This year the YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon received over 1,060 entries from elementary and intermediate students throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon have distributed $5,000 in prize money and over $3,000 in prizes to hundreds of winning students around the province. Many thanks to all of the students and teachers who participated as well as the judges who generously gave of their time in this year’s competitions.

Provincial winners in each competition receive $100 for their business idea.

Create A Logo winners at the grade 4-6 level include:

  1. Emily Inder: “Skickers”
    Grade 4, Millcrest Academy, Grand Falls-Windsor

  2. Kiran Amin: “Bully Bust”
    Grade 5, MacDonald Drive Elementary, St. John’s

  3. Taylor Drake: Smell Shoes
    Grade 6, Lake Academy, Fortune

Market Your Thoughts winners at the grade 7-9 level include:

  1. Katelyn Foley: “Enviro-Style Boutique”
    Grade 9, Stephenville High School, Stephenville

  2. Heather Tiller: “Newfoundland in a Bag”
    Grade 9, Stephenville High School, Stephenville

  3. Madison White: “U-Pretzel”
    Grade 8, St. Paul’s Intermediate School, Gander

In addition to these provincial winners, Millcrest Academy in Grand Falls-Windsor and Stephenville High in Stephenville were named the Create A Logo and Market Your Thoughts Schools of the Year, respectively, for the second year in a row! Each school will receive a bonus of $500 for being the schools that submitted the highest number of student entries in each competition. All monetary awards are provided by Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, the sole community sponsor for these competitions.

The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon is also announcing that the 15th Annual Enterprise Olympics Conference took place at Marystown Hotel & Convention Center, Marystown, from May 28th-31st. This competition is a weekend-long event consisting of a Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Showcase Competition and a Business Plan Competition. 57 high school students and 7 teachers, representing all school districts, were in attendance. This YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon annual event is sponsored by ACOA, Service Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union and the Department of Education.

There were 3 winners in the Showcase Competition and 3 winners in the Business Plan Competition. 1st place winners received $1000, 2nd place winners received $600 and 3rd place winners received $400. The monetary prizes for both competitions are all provided by Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union.

Showcase Competition Winners:

1st Place:
Nichole Tetford & Emily Jameson - "Party Diva’s"
Grade 12 – Gonzaga Regional High School – St. John’s

2nd Place:
Beth Reilly & Kathy Simon - "Below Zero"
Grade 12 – Stephenville High School, Stephenville

3rd Place:
John Gollop - "Rocky Pond Fishing Flies"
Grade 12 – Holy Heart of Mary High School, St. John’s

Business Plan Competition Winners:

1st Place:
Tyler Moore & William Short - "Short Circuit Dream Fund"
Grade 11 – Marystown Central High School, Marystown

2nd Place:
Michael Moulton & Edmund Walsh - "CharityStock Promotions"
Grade 12 – Corner Brook Regional High School, Corner Brook

3rd Place:
Aimee Moyles & Katie Langdon - "Maid’s of Honour"
Grade 12 - Lewisporte Collegiate, Lewisporte

At the 2009 Enterprise Olympics Conference, the students had the opportunity to take part in many different learning opportunities. Don Oakley from DPO/On Hold Communications guided the student’s creative side in creating their own television commercial for the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union from initial idea to fully taped and edited commercial. These commercials can be seen on the YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon website.

The students had the opportunity to learn about Newfoundland and Labrador entrepreneurs through a presentation by Chris Percy and “Getting The Message Out” program. The Getting The Message Out program aims to “show you some of the ingenuity that's helping our economy grow. Our interactive multi-media presentation showcases people creating business opportunities, turning dreams into reality, creating a future for themselves and others.”

Youth Ventures presented the students with the opportunity to continue their business into the summer months. Coordinators Shannon Sullivan and Adam Hiscock encouraged the students to join their local Youth Ventures programs and to keep their enterprise idea going. They stressed the point that you are never too young to start and be successful at your own business.

For the first time, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Memorial were part of the Enterprise Olympics Conference. Matthew Fox from SIFE Memorial explains that “We aim to inspire the future leaders of tomorrow by educating them today. Our mission is to create local solutions to global economic challenges. This mission drives everything we do and focuses our energy on the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, their roadblocks, their economic realities and their opportunities.” Mr. Fox encouraged all students to join the SIFE Memorial family if they decide to continue their education at Memorial University.

The students were also given a lesson on workplace safety. Ralph Tucker and Leslie Galway from Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission explained to the students the dangers that lurk in every type of business and gave great insight as to how they can be avoided. Workplace safety is a topic that is often times neglected by youth, so it was a great topic for the up and coming work force of our province.

As well, Dean Simon facilitated a You Can Go Workshop with the students. You Can Go is a YMCA program that provides information intended to increase access to post secondary education. Dean led a series of interactive activities that got participants thinking about their futures, support systems and career options.

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