2016 Oklahoma Business Week Awards

East Central University's 2016 Oklahoma Business Week, a unique five-day camp for high school students, who form a “company” to learn about business practices and compete in simulated business challenges was held June 5-9. Each “company” is guided by a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma corporate community. All of OBW’s programs are designed to engage teens in hands-on, experiential learning.
 
Here are the award winners and teams:
 
 

Melanie Briggs - John and Ruth Boone ScholarshipFIVE INDIVIDUALS EARN ADVANCED LEADER AWARDS

These five individuals captured Advanced Leader Individual Awards at East Central University’s Oklahoma Business Week, held June 5-9. The five-day camp enables high school students to form a “company” to learn about business practices and compete in simulated business challenges. Each “company” is guided by a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma corporate community. All of OBW’s programs are designed to engage teens in hands-on, experiential learning. Pictured from left to right are: Dustin Foskey, of Caney High School (all-around outstanding leader); Yesenia Gonzalez, of Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma City (“Me” speech champion); Bailee McCurdy, Latta High School (“Me” speech runner-up); Barak Segura, Pathways Middle College in Oklahoma City (mock interviews champion) and ReAnn Wall, McAlester High School (mock interviews runner-up). The champions achieved $1,000 scholarships and various other prizes, while the runners-up received $500 scholarships and other prizes. AT&T and OG&E were among the sponsors for the event.


Cassidy Wilcox - Briles Undergraduate ScholarshipSIX OBW PARTICIPANTS NAB $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS, LAPTOPS

These six participants in East Central University’s 2016 Oklahoma Business Week each earned a $1,000 scholarship to ECU, laptop computer and other prizes during the five-day camp held June 5-9. During the annual camp, high school students form a “company” to learn about business practices and compete in simulated business challenges. Each “company” is guided by a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma corporate community. All of OBW’s programs are designed to engage teens in hands-on, experiential learning. Pictured left to right are: Chloe Tyler, of Krum High School (Texas) and incoming freshman to ECU; Leigha Guy, of Erick High School; Shelby Sanders, Byng High School; Jessica West, Plainview High School; Ryan Riddle, Denton High School (Texas) and Brinley Blankenship, Ada High School. These six were part of the Gold Team (Good and Gold) which claimed the overall championship and took first place in three categories - BizSim, Stockholder’s Presentation and Marketing Challenge. Sponsors for the event included the Chickasaw Nation.


Five hundred dollar scholarship awards 2016OBW PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE $500 SCHOLARSHIPS

These six participants in East Central University’s 2016 Oklahoma Business Week each earned a $500 scholarship to ECU, Bluetooth speaker and other prizes during the five-day camp, which was held June 5-9. During the annual camp, high school students form a “company” to learn about business practices and compete in simulated business challenges. Each “company” is guided by a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma corporate community. All of OBW’s programs are designed to engage teens in hands-on, experiential learning. Pictured on the front row, left to right are: Kalyn Neighbors, of Byng High School; Addison Tuner, Ada High School and Sydney Marris, Aledo High School (Texas). On the back row, left to right are: Mitchell Galbreaith, Ada High School; Ethan Jones, Sulphur High School and Marko Charqueno, Latta High School. The six were a part of the Maroon Team (Allegiance, Inc.) which placed second overall and was the tradeshow champion and had second-place finishes in the BizSim, Hunk of Junk and Regatta categories. OG&E was among the sponsors for the event.


Navy Team 2016 OBWSIX STUDENTS PART OF NAVY TEAM AT OBW

These six students were a part of the Navy Team – Blue Diamond Technologies – during East Central University’s Oklahoma Business Week, a five-day camp held June 5-9. During the annual camp, high school students form a “company” to learn about business practices and compete in simulated business challenges. Each “company” is guided by a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma corporate community. All of OBW’s programs are designed to engage teens in hands-on, experiential learning. Pictured on the front row are: (left to right) Tyler Madison, of Blanchard High School; Vincent Dailey, Tecumseh High School; Lauren Sandersfield, Deer Creek High School; Rylee Shurtleff, Ada High School; Kylie Laxton, Ada High School and Jackson Langley, Stratford High School and incoming freshman to ECU. On the back row are: (left to right) Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby; Wendell Godwin, dean of the ECU Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business; Mark Schell, president of BancFirst in Seminole and company advisor for OBW; Brian Hollis, president of BancFirst in Sulphur and company advisor for OBW; Dr. Stacey Bolin, director of Oklahoma Business Week and ECU President John R. Hargrave. The Navy team was the OBW Regatta champion and took third place in the marketing challenge.


Purple Team 2016 OBWSIX PART OF PURPLE TEAM AT OBW

These six students were a part of the Purple Team – HATBEC – which took third place overall at East Central University’s Oklahoma Business Week, a five-day camp held June 5-9. During the annual camp, high school students form a “company” to learn about business practices and compete in simulated business challenges. Each “company” is guided by a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma corporate community. All of OBW’s programs are designed to engage teens in hands-on, experiential learning. Pictured on the front row are: (left to right) TJ Clark, of Stratford High School; Cassidy Wilkins, Latta High School; Brooke Colungo, Stonewall High School; Alexus Noble, Lawton High School; Ethan Coulson, Macomb High School and Haley Black, recent graduate of Chickasha High School and incoming freshman to ECU.  On the back row are: (left to right) Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby; Wendell Godwin, dean of the ECU Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business; Karen Hudson, president and CEO of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce and company advisor for OBW; Dr. Stacey Bolin, director of Oklahoma Business Week and ECU President John R. Hargrave. The Purple Team – HATBEC – was also the hunk of junk champion and took second place in three other categories - stockholder’s presentation, trade show and marketing challenge. Not pictured were company advisors Deano Cox, external affairs for AT&T in Oklahoma City and Rich Hawk, vice president of corporate banking for Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.


McAfee - DCT Graduate ScholarshipSIX COMPETE FOR GREEN TEAM AT OBW

These six students were a part of the Green Team – MATLAL Inc. – during East Central University’s Oklahoma Business Week, a five-day camp held June 5-9. During the annual camp, high school students form a “company” to learn about business practices and compete in simulated business challenges. Each “company” is guided by a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma corporate community. All of OBW’s programs are designed to engage teens in hands-on, experiential learning. Pictured on the front row are: (left to right) Allison Mauer, of Washington High School and incoming freshman to ECU; Autumn Wigley, Stratford High School; Lance Cooter, Edmond Santa Fe High School; Emily Ford, Ada High School; Marina Hernandez, Ada High School and Savanna Wilson, Byng High School. On the back row are: (left to right) Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby;  Wendell Godwin, dean of the ECU Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business; Brandon Williams, controller at Great Plains Kubota in Ada and company advisor for OBW; Dr. Stacey Bolin, director of Oklahoma Business Week and ECU President John R. Hargrave. The Green Team – MATLAL Inc. – won the Teamwork Award and took fourth place in three more categories – BizSim, trade show and marketing challenge.


Vaught - James and Mildred Dennis ScholarshipRED TEAM INCLUDES SIX STUDENTS

These six students were a part of the Red Team – JJAATT, Inc. – during East Central University’s Oklahoma Business Week, a five-day camp held June 5-9. During the annual camp, high school students form a “company” to learn about business practices and compete in simulated business challenges. Each “company” is guided by a volunteer mentor from the Oklahoma corporate community. All of OBW’s programs are designed to engage teens in hands-on, experiential learning. Pictured on the front row are: (left to right) Taylor Lessig, graduate of Chickasha High School and incoming freshman to ECU; Alivia Williams, Southmoore High School; Alyssa Juett, Broken Arrow High School; Travante Shaw, Latta High School; Joshua Barnes, homeschool and Justin Palmer Norman North High School. On the back row are: (left to right) Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby; Wendell Godwin, dean of the ECU Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business; Johnny Bradam, claims specialist-re-inspection for State Farm Insurance in Ada; Brandon Bolin, CEO of McCortney Family In-Home Care; Dr. Stacey Bolin, director of Oklahoma Business Week and ECU President John R. Hargrave. The Red Team – JJAATT, Inc. – captured a team unity award and placed third in these three categories - BizSim, trade show and regatta.