The Swift Current Comp High School was well represented at the 2023 SBTA Case Competition earlier this month.
Swift Current sent four teams (one volunteered) to the event at the University of Regina and came away with two podium finishes. Both were third-place finishes, one in entrepreneurship and one in finance.
"It was a really good feeling, these case competitions are pretty stressful," Amara Gatzke, a member of the third-place finance team, said. "Just having the opportunity to compete was the big thing that was nice for me."
Anik Piche and Greta Lopeter rounded out the finance group Gatzke competed with. The trio along with Swift Current's other finance team of Aiden Christianson, Carter Michaluk, and Josh Allen (who placed fourth) were tasked with creating a plan for a young woman trying to manage credit card debt while being able to afford post-secondary education.
"It definitely gave me and the others an opportunity to learn some of those thinking on-your-feet skills and being creative," Gatzke said.
The entrepreneurship team was made up of Autumn Coates, Brooke Hildebrandt, and Hailey Lowe. Their case was dealing with a company from outside Canada looking to enter the market.
"The actual competition, like preparing the cases was my favourite part," Coates said. "It allowed us to break it down and learn new things and apply our skills that we had learned in our finance classes."
After winning the School of the Year Award three years running, Swift Current was knocked off this time around by Weyburn Comprehensive School.
"It's a testament to how strong we were that other schools wanted to dethrone us," Cindy Lowe, a business education teacher at the Swift Current Comp said. "I'm super proud of the kids because since 2017 since we've been going, we've placed top three in both categories and again this year our kids shone."