The Saskatchewan Business Teachers' Association hosted the ninth annual SBTA Conference and High School Case Competition in Regina on May 2 and 3. The Weyburn Comprehensive School entered with two teams, one in the Personal Finance category, and one in the Entrepreneurship category, and the school won in three categories.
There were almost 100 high school students from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba who competed in the entrepreneurship and finance categories.
WCS business education teacher Margot Arnold noted that the Comp teams finished very strong.
The WCS personal finance students finished in second place for the Personal Finance category, including Olivia Michel, Reese Marshall and Colby Kaufmann.
The WCS team finished fourth overall in the “School of the Year” category, which combined all of the students from the entered categories. These included Emma Wiens, Landon Field, Colby Kaufmann, Olivia Michel, Cassidy Pope and Reese Marshall.
The team also placed fifth in the “Social Category” out of 16 teams. In this category, points are awarded on how “social” each school is at the workshop on Thursday afternoon, the social that evening, and throughout the day on Friday during the competition.
The conference included a social media workshop with the CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, the Tourism Saskatchewan Saskwanderer, and Habitat for Humanity Regina Restore.
“There were amazing teachers participating in a teachers conference learning about the exciting renewals happening to our Practical and Applied Arts curriculum, credit counselling services and an entrepreneurship presentation with the CEO of Zak Organics, Marilyn Zak,” said Arnold.
She added there was an inspirational keynote address by Victor Thomas of the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada. Those attending the conference were welcomed by MLA Tina Beaudry-Mellor, who shared information about support for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Arnold expressed gratitude to the Southeast Cornerstone School Division for supporting the WCS team, and to the Saskatchewan Business Teachers Association for hosting the conference and competition.
“This was an unforgettable experience and opportunity. I am extremely proud of all these young women and men, and am excited to see where the future takes them,” said Arnold.
The conference and competition was supported by the Edwards School of Business, the Paul J. Hill School of Business, MNP, Farm Credit Canada, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and Strategy Lab Marketing.