Cary-Grove High School business class raises money to compete in national competition – Illinois News

Cary-Grove High School business class raises money to compete in national competition –  Illinois News

CARY – Seven Cary-Grove High School students will travel to New York for a national business competition this spring. 

The school’s Virtual Enterprises International class recently reached its $8,500 goal to fund the trip thanks to donations from the community, said David Cook, who teaches the capstone business class for juniors and seniors.

“We were all really grateful that we can now focus on a lot of things and perfecting this presentation rather than being stressed out with this fundraising,” senior Jack Bressett said. 

Cook’s 24 students spent the first half of the semester working on a concept for a unique home furnishings business called Auggie’s. The class simulates the various components of running a business, and students are broken up into teams including sales, accounting and web design.

After the class wrote a 25-page business plan, seven students – Samantha Briggs, Dillon Zasada, Chris Walther, Sam Gamez, Tom Cassidy, Jenny O’Malley and Bressett – traveled to Northern Illinois University to present the plan.

The students placed second in the State Business Plan competition, which qualified them for nationals in New York, Cook said. 

In April, students will compete in VEI’s Youth Business Summit. The three-night trip will include a human resources competition, a global business challenge, an international trade show and more.

One of the days Cook said students are most looking forward to is the global business challenge, where about 300 students from eight countries will be put into teams to compete in a new challenge.

“VEI provides an experience that’s bigger than what we could do just…

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