Area students complete business adventure Youth Business Adventure recently completed its 19th year of hosting high school seniors, teachers and counselors from across the state during the week-long sessions.
Participants from the area included Lars Beykirch, Karoline Gertonson, Rachael Hope, Jaclyn Mount and Audra Vaillancourt, Vermillion, and Amanda Logue and Alan Lueth, Wakonda.
They spent the week gaining vital information about the business world from those who work and live in that world, the "loaned executives" or company advisors.
"I learned much about the business world and about myself," Beykirch said. "I will recommend this program not only to my American friends, but also to my German friends."
"I learned how small and large businesses work, and how we need both kinds of businesses to keep our nation on top," Gertonson added.
Hope reached a career goal while she was at YBA.
"I greatly benefited from attending YBA because I learned a lot about business," she said. "It helped me decide that I would like to go into advertising."
Looking ahead, Mount will be able to use her YBA experience in the future.
"At YBA I learned about the business world, listened to great speakers and made new friends," she said. "This experience and the knowledge I gained will be very helpful to me in the future."
Vaillancourt agreed. "What I got out of YBA will last a lifetime," she said.
"With my plans for owning my own business later in my life, I am positive I will take the skills I learned at YBA with me to my career," Logue added.
"I gained so much information at YBA that I hope to use in the world of business some day," Lueth said.
Since its inception in 1980, YBA has been sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a statewide business organization located in Pierre. In addition the program is funded by contributions from generous sponsors throughout the state.
Local sponsors of the program include Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce, AaLadin Industries, Inc. of Elk Point, Midland National Life Insurance Company and Sencore, Inc. of Sioux Falls, Omahaline Hydraulics Company of North Sioux City, Yaggie's, Inc., and Welfl Construction Company of Yankton, First Premier Bank of Wakonda and Wakonda Community Club.
To learn more about YBA, program chairpersons of local business and service organizations are encouraged to invite Youth Business Adventure participants to give a short presentation about the program.
Preparations are currently under way for the 20th anniversary sessions of the Youth Business Adventure program to be held at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, June 6-11 and at South Dakota State University in Brookings, Aug. 1-6, 1999. For further information call 1-800-742-8112.