The business beyond the Panther’s Pen

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Published on November 28, 2013

A group of SIAST Palliser Campus students and high school students visit during the marketing business diploma specialty case study at SIAST as part of the inaugural Business and Beyond Challenge on Nov. 28, 2013.

Published on November 28, 2013

SIAST Palliser Campus marketing students decorated the room where high school students did their case study as part of the first annual Business and Beyond Challenge at SIAST on Nov. 28, 2013.

Published on November 28, 2013

Central Collegiate students Charlie Lowe, Bailey Wong, Cassidy Olson and Sam Riley pitch their idea of oat cream in the Macoun Lounge at SIAST Palliser Campus as part of SIAST's first annual Business and Beyond Challenge on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Vanier Collegiate students Amanda Miller, Kathleen Berenik, Chad Stephens and Drew Nimegeers won fourth place in the Panther's Pen competition at SIAST Palliser Campus' first annual Business and Beyond Challenge in the Macoun Lounge on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Central Collegiate students Charlie Lowe, Bailey Wong, Cassidy Olson and Sam Riley won third place in the Panther's Pen at SIAST Palliser Campus' inaugural Business and Beyond Challenge on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Winston Knoll Collegiate students Jenna Donald, Nicole Konieczny, Tess Nestor and Rebeca Perigny pose with their prizes after winning second place at SIAST Palliser Campus' first annual Business and Beyond Challenge on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Campbell Collegiate students Amanda Lamontaine, Tiffany McIvor, Coden Nikbakt and Anindya Ghosh were awarded first place in the Panther's Pen portion of the inaugural Business and Beyond Challenge at SIAST Palliser Campus on Nov. 28, 2013. They each won $500 in tuition credits if they choose to enrol in a business diploma program at SIAST.

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The business information systems students decorated their case study room for high school students with a matrix theme at the first annual Business and Beyond Challenge at SIAST Palliser Campus on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Students mingle in the financial services' vault during the first annual Business and Beyond Challenge at SIAST Palliser Campus on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Students visit with each other in the financial services' vault during the first annual Business and Beyond Challenge at SIAST Palliser Campus on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Students in the business insurance case study room used a fire theme during the SIAST Palliser Campus' first annual Business and Beyond Challenge at SIAST on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Students listen to a human resources presentation at the first annual Business and Beyond Challenge at SIAST Palliser Campus on Nov. 28, 2013.

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SIAST students in the accounting program used tax forms to decorate their case study room for high school students during the SIAST Palliser Campus' first annual Business and Beyond Challenge on Nov. 28, 2013.

SIAST holds first annual business contest for high school students

High school and SIAST students pitted against each other, culminating in the Panther’s Pen.

Thursday was SIAST Palliser Campus’ first annual Business and Beyond Challenge for high school students from Moose Jaw, Regina, Gravelbourg and the surrounding area to introduce students to the seven business diploma specialties SIAST has to offer. A total of 82 high school students participated in the inaugural event.

“It’s kind of a mini-competition between the current SIAST students, as well as the ones that we’re hoping to have,” said Emily Weekes, student recruitment officer at SIAST, at the event. “The students at SIAST have done a lot for this event as well. They’re all doing a little mini trade fair in the afternoon. So each specialty is having their own booth and basically they kind of have to sell their program to the students.”

The high school students voted on their favourite activity in the morning and booth in the afternoon. The seven specialties included in the event were; accounting, financial services, human resources, business information systems, business insurance, business marketing and entrepreneurship and small business.

At each activity of each specialty in the morning, the high school students were in teams and completed “mini tasks,” said Weekes.

“They’ll do a mini kind of entry level accounting question. They’ll then move into marketing, business information systems and basically get a little taste or a little tidbit of each of the specialties.We’re totaling up everybody’s scores and picking the four best teams … with the highest scores in all those mini challenges and then they’re competing at the end of the day in the Panther’s Pen (which is) similar to the Dragon’s Den.”

The final four teams received a box with four “mystery items,” said Weekes, and the students were required to pick one item as a foundation for their business idea to present to a panel of judges.

“They’re given a bag of oatmeal, a Rubix’s cube, dish gloves and a mirror,” said Weekes prior to the presentations.

The students voted on their favourite idea and the judges will give the presenters a mark. Prizes included wireless speakers, Beats by Dre headphones and the grand prize of $500 each in SIAST tuition credits.

The final four teams were students from Vanier Collegiate, Central Collegiate and Regina's Winston Knoll Collegiate and Campbell Collegiate.

Amanda Lamontaine, Tiffany McIvor, Coden Nickbakt and Anindya Ghosh from Campbell Collegiate walked away with the grand prize. Their team pitched Glovers, biodegradable dish gloves.

The runner-up team was Winston Knoll Collegiate consisting of Jenna Donald, Nicole Koniczeny, Tess Nestor and Rebeca Perigny. Their idea was Magic Mirror, a mirror with a camera built into it for talking selfies without using a cellphone to take a photo of oneself.

Central Collegiate’s team — Charlie Lowe, Bailey Wong, Cassidy Olson and Sam Riley — won third place. Their idea was oat cream, a chemical-free, environmentally friendly cleaning product.

Amanda Miller, Kathleen Berenik, Chad Stephens and Drew Nimegeers of Vanier Collegiate won fourth place. Their idea was Stevia, a natural sweetener derived from plants in Brazil.

Current SIAST students decorated all of the different business specialty rooms and booths for the trade fair.

Human resources students, Bryn Wickham, Dawn Brodt, Ashleigh Gawley, Amber Olasz and Sarah Sutherland said it was a good experience.

“We’re decorating each of our designations into a theme and each class will be judged,” said Brodt.

She added all decisions on how to decorate were decided by the entire class. At the booth for the trade fair, they answered questions.

“We’re open to all kinds of questions, whatever they have,” said Gawley. “It’s fun.”

Sutherland added the event should expand in the future.

“I think this should be (for) more than just Grade 12s, but people in their first year program,” she said. “I wish I had the experience.”

“Everybody should come to SIAST,” added Brodt. “It’s a great place to be.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Gravelbourg, Brazil

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