Out of the twenty students in the class, fourteen students went, and twelve placed during the Bakersfield competition from December 1st to December 4th. Andy Dodier placed first in his job interview competition for Payroll Assistant. Jazzy Jaime, Alicia Leonard, and Devyn Garner all took second place in their categories.
Unfortunately, due to a fraction of a point, Mesa’s VE placed fourth place, but hope is not over yet. They could receive the “wildcard” to continue on to New York.
Last year the top five teams were able to go to the competition in New York, but due to some changes, only three were allocated for this year. The teams going to New York should be the top 10% of business competitors, which is why California lowered the number of teams. Once all states’ top competitors are picked, slots usually are left over and need to be filled. If there is an extra slot, due to a team dropping out or just extra slots being open, Mesa’s VE team may be picked to compete.
If Mesa does receive this wildcard, only four members of Virtual Enterprise will be attending the competition. The CMO Mckenna Patton, Director of Marketing Laura Vaugeois, CFO Anna Do, and CEO Mahina Won-Milho will have an all-expense paid trip to compete and will also be able to visit the sites of New York City (Broadway, various colleges). Mrs. Sheldon, one of the business advisors at Mesa, will be attending the competition with the girls as a supervisor.
Future competitions include a Long Beach Competition in February, followed by a three day San Francisco Competition in March (a favorite of the team’s), and of course, the New York Competition in April. If the wildcard is not chosen for Mesa, then the students will prepare for a San Diego Competition in April instead.
The executive officers expected the team to do well, but were surprised at how well they placed. Although the team experienced some rough patches in the beginning, the officers believe the class is overall strong and smart; the work just needs to be put in.
Mesa’s hard work shone at the Bakersfield competition, and until otherwise notified in January, CEO Mahina Won-Milho is preparing her peers for the New York competition.
“I am extremely proud. They [students in VE] collectively won more awards than last year’s team,” Mahina stated. “Everyone worked really hard and did great selling. I am just really proud. I’m more happy for everyone than even my own placing.”