On 19 April a group of six students attended QUT Caboolture to participate in a Business competition. They were faced with the real world scenario of developing a business strategy that would help APEX recruit new members in order to help the local community to a greater extent and to become more relevant in today’s environment. Students were given 3 hours to develop a Business Plan and prepare an 8 minute presentation to a panel of judges, outlining the idea in detail. They were judged on originality of idea, feasibility and the final presentation. There were eleven state and private schools that participated from the region. Students who participated are eligible for a $500 scholarship at QUT Caboolture, should they pursue a university pathway.
The competition provided a valuable learning experience and was extremely challenging, especially given the time constraints. The students performed admirably and the judges were impressed with their ideas. Students received a Certificate of Merit for the competition. I am very proud of the students’ efforts and would like to congratulate Shayal Chand, Julia Fazio, Zenia Gilmore, Chris Hildebrandt, Kayla Sibley and Sarah Troedson. I look forward to participating next year with another group of dedicated students.