January 22, 2003
Making Their "Case": A Business Contest for Long Island High Schoolers
HHHE Wins Close Contest; Floyd and Hauppauge Follow
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It's a one-of-a-kind contest where high school students have to think on their feet and come up with innovative, yet practical, solutions to complex business problems. The winning team demonstrates both old-fashioned showmanship and the use of 21st-century technology.
Half Hollow Hills East High School of Dix Hills won Southampton College' Third Annual Richard J. Hagen Jr. High School Case Competition on Friday, January 17. The all-day contest had 116 students from eight Long Island high schools compete.
HHHE parlayed several second- and third-place individual showings into enough points to win this year's overall title - its first in this contest. W.T. Clarke of Westbury had won the contest the previous two years. HHHE placed second in Accounting, Sports Marketing, Small Business and Personal Finance and third in Marketing and Law/Ethics. William Floyd High School of Mastic-Shirley came in a close second, as individual teams topped contests in Law/Ethics and Small Business. Hauppauge High School placed in the top three for the second-straight year, winning individual contests in Sports Marketing and Accounting.
After check in, student teams rushed to assigned rooms to present their "case" - a certain business dilemma had been given to each group and the students had to put their heads together to solve it. Using the art of presentation, both at the podium and using the PowerPoint slideshow program and other computer technology, the student groups stated their cases and offered tangible business solutions that they believe could solve it.
Business members of the community who are also Southampton College adjunct business faculty judged the contestants in six main categories: analysis, presentation skills, development of theories, feasibility of the solution, innovation and organization.
All members of HHHE's winning team were awarded $12,000 scholarships to Southampton College. Other schools that competed: Babylon, Connetquot, Elmont, Patchogue-Medford, and WT Clarke.
The Richard J. Hagen Jr. High School Case Competition is the only competition of its kind on Long Island and is geared toward students interested in majoring or seeking a career in business. "Our goal is to help cultivate the next generation of business professionals on Long Island," said Herbert Sherman, Ph.D., Director of Southampton College's Division of Professional Studies and organizer of the contest.
"The skills that are key to winning our contest - critical thinking, innovation and the effective use of technology - are also the skills that make good 21st-century businesspeople."
Southampton College received a prestigious honor last year when its Professional Studies Division received accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, putting Southampton on par with some of the country's major colleges.
Along with its traditional BA and BS programs in Business Administration and Accounting, Southampton College in recent years has added several new areas of study including Certified Financial Planning, Sports Administration and Web Programming, and graduate programs that include a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration in conjunction with Long Island University's Brentwood Campus.
For further information about the Richard J. Hagen Jr. High School Case Competition or study at Southampton College, contact admissions administrator Paul Ray at 631-287-8343.