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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF EASTERN IOWA CONGRATULATES THE 2021 REGIONAL JA TITAN CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

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

RSM US LLP

Schumacher Elevator Company

* Achievement Sponsors

Bankers Trust

Farmers State Bank (Waterloo)

* Team Sponsors

BankIowa

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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