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4/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Local students fare well at JA Titan Challenge

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Local area high schools competed recently during the 2013 JA Titan Challenge at The University of Akron’s Gary and Karen Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing.

Teams of three spent the day using Junior Achievement’s JA Titan simulation program to make key decisions while managing and operating their own virtual business. Companies (teams) were challenged to outperform the competition in profit, sales and market share with the support of a volunteer mentor.

West Side Leader coverage-area schools that participated included Archbishop Hoban, Copley, Firestone, Highland and Woodridge.

Scholarship winners for the first-place team were Brennan Scott, Nick Giachetti and Jordan Frederick, from Highland High School. Each of these students received a $400 scholarship for post-secondary education to the college or university of their choice. Evan Kish and Justin Parker, from Copley High School, came in third place in the competition, winning a trophy and check for $150.

Copley had two teams compete. Ross Smith, of Firestone Polymers, was adviser to the team of Evan and Justin. Andrew Holland, of Interactive Media Group, was adviser to the Copley team consisting of Daisha Dancy and Kerena Lipford.

Students then completed a Qualifying Round before lunch to be eligible for the Scholarship Round. Both Copley teams made it to the Scholarship Round in the afternoon.

The team of Daisha and Kerena maintained second place until the last quarter decision, when they went to fifth place out of 20 teams, according to Diane Dann, senior marketing teacher, and Diana Kelley, business management teacher, who prepared the students for the competition.

Before the final round of the competition, students took part in an interactive discussion with a panel of experts comprised of local business leaders who answered questions about their educational and professional paths, provided insights into the world of work, and shared with students how to stand out to their future employers. The panel included Donna Saucier, of Lockheed Martin; Patricia Mishic, of A. Schulman; Ben Scott, of FedEx Custom Critical; and Keeven White, of WhiteSpace Creative.


UA psychology series addresing social networking, autism, memory research

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron’s (UA) Center for the History of Psychology Spring Colloquium Series will feature the following talks this spring.

Shelley Blundell, graduate assistant in Kent State University’s Center for Scholastic Journalism, will discuss “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Social Networking: Analyzing Your Net Presence” April 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Her talk will take place in UA’s Center for the History of Psychology, 73 College St.

Robert Wozniak and Jana Iverson will discuss “Historical Perspectives on Autism and Current Research” April 23 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Wozniak is a professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College and serves as chair of human development and director of the Child Study Institute. Iverson is a psychology professor at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in nature and development of the relationship between gesture and speech, motor and communicative development in infants, early identification of developmental delay and autism spectrum disorders. Their talk will take place in UA’s Center for the History of Psychology.

Both talks are free.

Henry Roediger will discuss “Riddles of History: Sir Fredric Barlett’s Contributions to Memory Research and Their Curious Reception” May 6 at 6 p.m. at UA’s Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill. This event will include dinner and requires a fee.

Roediger is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Washington University. His research interests include public health, involving methods of memory improvement, how illusory or false memories are created, implicit memory and applying principle of cognitive psychology to enhance education.

For details, call 330-972-7285, email ahap@uakron.edu or visit www.uakron.edu/chp.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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