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High School Students Take First Place at Junior Achievement’s 2012 Titan Challenge

December 17, 2012

Three San Diego high schools compete locally and globally with JA students in Poland

Clairemont High School students were awarded first place at the Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties’ Titan of Industry Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 13. JA Titan Challenge, a virtual competition designed to test students’ business knowledge and skills, brought together students from Crawford, Patrick Henry and Clairemont High Schools to participate at the annual student competition at the University of Phoenix.

At the event, the students acted as chief executive officers of virtual manufacturing corporations. The teams made decisions that effected profitability and sustainability of their companies as they outperformed their competitors in profit, sales and market share. By exercising critical fiscal and managerial decision-making, the students got first-hand experience in the challenges of operating a successful global enterprise.

The winning team, “AOBT Profit Margin,” took first place for the second year in a row. Team from Patrick Henry High School called “Anonymous,” that included a student who competed in the Global JA Titan Competition in Delaware this August, won second place. Team “Black Mambas,” also from Patrick Henry High School, took home third place.

This year, for the first time, along competing with their classmates, the students also went head to head with the teams from Poland. The Polish students joined the competition from across the seas to compete online with the San Diego students.

Junior Achievement of San Diego’s board members—Elizabeth Rice, former president of Innovative Solutions and Dowling & Yahnke Senior Portfolio Manager Michael Brown—also joined the competition to cheer for the students and offer advice from the professional side.

Next year, Junior Achievement expects to hold a national competition. If the participating teams from San Diego place high in the U.S. competition, they will be invited to the Global JA Titan Challenge in the summer of 2013. 

Junior Achievement gives out special thanks to the sponsors—Farrell Family Foundation for the financial support of JA Titan program and University of Phoenix for donating the classroom space for the competition.

To learn more about the competition and Junior Achievement of San Diego, please visit organization’s official website at


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES works locally to reach 50,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year with its financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit