Cairns college takes out School Business Challenge honours and prize pool

27 July 2022

A Cairns school has taken out this year's annual CQUniversity School Business Challenge (SBC) after a hotly contested final across six Queensland cities.

The St Augustine's College team of four boys – Noah Conlon' Declan McAlister' Riley Jackson and Jack Hardy – battled it out to beat Rockhampton Grammar School in a very close finish.

CQUniversity senior lecturer and quiz master for the event Martin Turner said there had been great energy and humour among the competing teams throughout the regional heats - and the final also didn't disappoint.

Twenty-eight students from seven schools competed in the final which was conducted via video conference from Rockhampton' Bundaberg' Gladstone' Mackay' Townsville and Cairns.

With a total prize pool of almost $50 000' including $6 500 in cash prizes to winning schools and $43 000 in scholarships to be shared amongst the winning students' the event attracted highly competitive teams from around the state who were all keen to take out the challenge honours.

Mr Turner said this year's participants had set the bar high for future competitors.

"It was a highly competitive event this year with over 120 students competing in the first round which eventuated in 28 students in the final.

"I'm also appreciative of the nine competition sponsors who greatly contributed to the event."

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