YBA completes 23rd annual sessions

YBA completes 23rd annual sessions Youth Business Adventure recently completed its 23rd year, hosting over 300 high school seniors, educators and business executives from across the state during two week-long sessions. The first session was held at Black Hills State University in Spearfish while the second session was held at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Local participants included Kaylie Heesch, Morgan Hollingsworth, Dan Holoch, Heather Reeves and Jimmy Taylor of Vermillion High School. Reeves won a $500 college scholarship during the session. The YBA scholarship will be matched by most South Dakota post secondary institutions. Ted Muenster, president, USD Foundation, was a volunteer business leader (company advisor); and Pat Wingen, president, AaLadin Industries, Inc., Elk Point, is chair of the YBA Advisory Board and chaired the USD session.

During the week, the students and educators gained vital information about the business world from those who work and live in that world, the "loaned executives" or company advisors. Both educators and students also had the opportunity to gain college credits for participation in the YBA sessions.

Since its inception in 1980, YBA has been sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a statewide business organization located in Pierre. The program is completely funded through contributions from generous South Dakota business, corporate, and individual sponsors.

In addition to the speakers on many aspects of the business world, tours of area businesses, and a management simulation, the week included competition in a Business Quiz Bowl, production of one minute commercials, participation in a problem solving activity, and presentations of business plans made by the individual companies before a panel of judges.

Students were also entertained with evening activities of bowling, swimming, a dance, and a performance by the Dakota Baroque and Classical Company musical ensemble at the Shrine to Music in Vermillion.

Preparations are currently underway for the 24th annual sessions of the Youth Business Adventure program in June, 2003. For further information about the YBA program, contact the local participants, or call the YBA office at 1-800-742-8112.

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