It’s a rare experience when high school students are given an opportunity to win $40,000 for their schools and iPads for themselves by creating the winning business plan for a record label. But that’s exactly what the 650 students and 14 teachers who participated in PwC’s inaugural High School Business Challenge (the Challenge) had the chance to do last fall with the help of over 60 dedicated PwC mentors and team leaders. During the Challenge, a key component of PwC’s Earn Your Future (EYF) commitment, PwC mentors worked directly with teachers and students for eight weeks to bring core financial concepts to life in the classroom.
“Working with the students was an amazing experience,” said Risk Assurance manager and Riverview High School PwC mentor John Kadechka. “One student shared she realized during the eight weeks that going to college would lead to more long term benefits and is changing her plans to focus on that goal.”
While impressed with the caliber of entries from all of the finalist teams, a panel of PwC judges ultimately declared Riverview High School in Riverview, FL, the winner of a $40,000 grant to be awarded by the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. The funds will enhance financial education within Riverview’s curricula and programs. The runner-up team was from the School of Biotechnology, Health and Public Administration at Olympic Community of Schools in Charlotte, NC.
At the Challenge recognition luncheon on February 28, Mike Quackenbush (Tampa OMP and JA board member) and Lindsey Jarrell (Advisory Healthcare partner) presented the grand prize of $40,000 from the PwC Charitable Foundation to the Riverview High School team to help enhance financial education at their school.
(L to R): PwC Advisory Partner Lindsey Jarrell, PwC Tampa Managing Partner Mike Quackenbush, student Tyliah Williams, student Cherrell Campbell, student Chad Rivera, teacher Nancy MacLauchlan and Principal Bob Heilmann.