(CMR) The Cayman Islands Junior Achievement Company Team Re-Tyre made history today after being selected as the JA Company of the Year Competition (COY) for the Americas region in Lima, Peru.
After 3 days of intense competition in Lima, Peru, Re-Tyre, a JA Cayman Islands student company sponsored by Cayman Airways, is returning home victorious as the JA Americas region Company of the Year. The event was held Sunday, November 25th – Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at Jose Antonio Deluxe Hotel.
This is the first time that any Cayman team has successfully competed and won this coveted prize.
The dynamic team of five achievers participated in interviews, presentations, workshops, and demonstrations alongside companies of the year from 13 other nations also vying for the prestigious top prize competition which is now in its 10th year. This the third time JA Cayman Islands has participated in COY and the first win for the Cayman Islands.
According to their website, the goal of the JA Company of the Year Competition is to create a signature showcase for Junior Achievement and the high school students who benefit from the impact of the JA Company Program.
This annual celebration of success, which is celebrating its 10th-anniversary edition in Lima, allows young people to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment which will engage business, education and policy leaders as well as the media.
At the event, students from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean proudly present the results of their enterprise and learning experience and appear before a panel of independent judges who determine company performance against the competition criteria.
For a team to win this award, it is not sufficient just to run a financially successful JA Company or create an exciting product/service. Team members also must demonstrate an understanding of how and why the company performed as it did, and balance the business achievements of the team as a whole with each member’s individual personal development. Judges will look for evidence of innovation and application of new ideas in all aspects of company operations.
Eligibility is limited to student teams from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean participating in the JA Company Program during the last academic year. Company representatives must be at least 15 years old and no more than 19 years old on December 31, 2018.
Previous COY´s around the region:
2017: São Paulo, Brazil
2016: Mexico City, Mexico
2015: Montego Bay, Jamaica
2014: Quito, Ecuador
2013: Riviera Maya, Mexico
2012: Montevideo, Uruguay
2011: Bogota, Colombia
2010: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009: Buenos Aires, Argentina