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Junior Achievement will hold its 18th Annual JA Business Challenge at the end of the week.

More than 100 high school students throughout northwestern Wisconsin will participate in Junior Achievement, Northwest Wisconsin Annual JA Business Challenge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Business Education Center.

There will also be 34 business professionals from area companies participating.

The JA Business Challenge is a one-day business strategy tournament where a business professional advises a team of three or four high school students to make sound business decisions with the goal to rise to the top of their industry though an online Junior Achievement program called JA Titan.

The event gives area business leaders to work with and interact with younger generations of people who will be joining the workforce.

The winning teams receive gift cards, though each participant will leave with a relevant experience and the opportunity to compete for scholarships.

The top four performing teams will be awarded scholarships to use for further post-secondary education.

According to the organization, more than $76,000 in post secondary scholarships have been given away in the past 17 years to participating high school students.

Scholarships will be awarded thanks to the generosity of William J. & Gertrude R. Casper Foundation, Market & Johnson, Logistics Health Inc., WESTconsin Credit Union, WIN and Great Northern Corporation Mark Orendorff Memorial Scholarship.

Award presentation will take place at 2:30 p.m. in CVTC Casper Conference Room.

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