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Schools battled it out for business challenge honours

Published:28 April 2021

Bundaberg State High School (Ella King, Jorja McRae, Kirra Antrobus and Ethan Stevens) took out the Wide Bay heat of the CQUniversity School Business Challenge this week.

The annual CQUniversity School Business Challenge (SBC) was back stronger than ever after being on hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Drawing schools from around the State for the first round of competition, the SBC saw 27 schools participate in three regional competitions: North Queensland, Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions.

All three regional competitions were held simultaneously on Tuesday from 5pm to 7.30pm, hooking up via video conference.

CQUniversity senior lecturer and quiz master for the event Martin Turner said the annual challenge was back stronger than ever after being on hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, drawing schools from around the State for the first round of competition.

“This year’s CQUniversity School Business Challenge proved to be hotly contested and was lots of fun for all involved," Mr Turner said.

“We are so glad to be back after the pandemic prevented us from running the competition last year. This is the 20th year the competition has run.

"There were some excellent results from many of the schools – particularly from our winners. These teams should be formidable competitors in the final."

Each member of the winning teams in Round 1 received a $1500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business & Law at CQUniversity. This will apply to university and VET qualifications offered by the School.

In addition, the winning schools received a perpetual trophy and a cash prize of $500.

Winners of Round 1 from each region will progress to the National Final that will be held on Tuesday, 27 July 2021.

Each member of the winning team of the National Final will receive an additional $2500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business & Law at CQUniversity.

In addition, the winning School will receive a perpetual trophy and $3000 cash prize and the runner-up school will receive a $1500 cash prize.