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Millionaire board game wins regional award

Friday 15 October, 2010

Millionaire board game wins regional award

The business skills of Auckland’s students took centre stage last night at the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) regional finals for North Shore and Rodney.

Excel Corporations, a student company from Takapuna Grammar School, took out the top prize with their educational board game, ‘Make a Million’, which teaches essential business skills to children.

It was a big night for the group who not only beat 47 other student companies for the Smales Farm company of the year award, but also won the Bartercard excellence in communication award. Team member Umar Kuddus also scooped an individual award winning the Optimize male young entrepreneur of the year.

“The Excel Corporations team is an excellent endorsement for this school-based programme,” says YES regional coordinator Lisa Ford. “These students have experienced not only how to operate a real business, but have embraced the opportunity to push themselves to make the business a success. Watching their progress this year has been inspirational.”

The evening’s awards, held at North Harbour Stadium, were presented to the year 12 and 13 students in front of an audience of more than 170 dignitaries, sponsors, mentors, parents and fellow students who participated in this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme.

An innovative organic slug repellent saw BONZA from Westlake Boys High School win second place and also claim the Massey Engineering excellence in problem solving award and the Bartercard excellence in communication award.

As well as winning the top title, Bill Smale, Smales Farm director and major sponsor of the awards, presented Excel Corporations with a surprise cash prize of $1,000, Bonza received $600 and third place winner Cadence from Westlake Boys High School received $400.

YES sponsor Massey University also gifted each member of Excel Corporations with a $2,000 scholarship to attend its business school.

Excel Corporations will now compete for the New Zealand title at the national awards in Wellington on November 3, 2010. Two other North Shore teams, Apex from Westlake Boys High School and Advance Generation from Rangitoto College, will also attend the national awards where they will receive excellence awards.

Enterprise North Shore runs the Young Enterprise Scheme in Auckland Central, North Shore and Rodney.

Regional awards winners
Award winners
Advantage Excellence in Business Practice Award
P’eco – Westlake Girls High School
Optimize Male Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Umar Kuddus – Takapuna Grammar School
Bayleys North Shore Excellence in Ethics Award
Procore – Rangitoto College
AMES Excellence in Personal Development Award
Kruger Schaumkel – Westlake Boys High School
Benefitz Excellence in Motivation Award
Advertising Design Services – Takapuna Grammar School
Massey Engineering Excellence in Problem Solving Award
Bonza – Westlake Boys High School
Enterprise North Shore Teacher of the Year Award
Keryn Wright – Westlake Boys High School
Bartercard Excellence in Communication Award
E-nnovate – WBHS
Illusion Designs – Long Bay College
Cadence – WBHS
Advanced Generation – Rangitoto College
Advertising Design Services - Takapuna
Bonza - WBHS
Procore – Rangitoto College
Egnite – Long Bay College
Junx – WBHS
P’eco – WGHS
Excel Corporations – Takapuna
Apex – WBHS
Linkplas Excellence in Production Award
Egnite – Long Bay College
Apollo Women’s Health Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Alysse Baldry – Rangitoto College
EmbroidMe Albany Excellence in Presentation Award
Turn It Up – Orewa College
Smales Farm Company of the Year Second Runner Up
Cadence - Westlake Boys High School
Smales Farm Company of the Year Runner Up
Bonza - Westlake Boys High School
Smales Farm Company of the Year
Excel Corporations – Takapuna Grammar School

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