WEYBURN – The first semester Junior Achievement company, In The Moment Clothing Co., from the Weyburn Comprehensive School has won the “Company of the Year” award for the 2021-22 school year.
Margot Arnold, the Entrepreneurship teacher, said they now will move on to the national level for Junior Achievement for Company of the Year, going up against the winners from the other provinces.
In addition to the Company of the Year honours, there were individual awards won as well. Hayley Gill took home three awards, including the HR Excellence Award, Achiever of the Year Award and the Salesperson of the Year Award.
Evan Lund won the Leadership Excellence Award, and Riley Payne won the Marketing Excellence Award.
In The Moment Clothing Co. was a Junior Achievement Company created by the Entrepreneurship 30 Class at the school, and they operated in the first semester of 2021-22 with 16 company members.
The student members of the JA company included Ty Boren, Ryker Watt, John Vogel, Ben Manning, Danny Fortune, Riley Payne, Evan Lund, Tre Thompson, Ben Michel, Elias West, Shae Pelechaty, Eva Severson, Chelsea Speedie, Hayley Gill, Jared Vilcu and Halle Robins.
The students created a clothing company that sold and distributed hoodies, beanies, and limited T-shirts. In The Moment Clothing Co. targeted Weyburn and surrounding areas. To give back to the community, the company donated 10 per cent of the profits to the Weyburn Humane Society.
The 2022 Canadian Company of the Year (CoY) championship will take place virtually.
In the Manufacturing/Retail category, the primary product of the company is made or sourced by a group of students, usually sold in an in-person setting or online.
The JA company will need to submit their final report or shareholder’s report; a pitch video, and a business plan or business model canvas.
For each category, judges will review the documents and select the top three teams as finalists. These teams will be invited to present virtually to the judging panel on July 12-14, and the judges will select a winning team for each category by July 15.
The top team from each category will make a final virtual presentation to the finalist judges on July 20, and the 2022 CoY winner will be announced the week of July 25.
The 2022 CoY championship team will represent Canada at the JA Americas CoY championship.