Sault, Brimley high school teams take top honors at Superior Case Competition

Case 1st

CASE CHAMPS Lake Superior State University Business Chair Mindy McCready poses with first-place finishers in the inaugural Superior Case Competition, cohosted on April 6 by LSSU’s Lukenda School of Business and the Sault Ste. Marie EDC. Accepting the honor is Sault High’s Team One of Samantha Brand, Alexis Harp, Nicholas Natzke, and Rebekka Ranta. The prize netted SAHS $500 for its business program, plus a $1,000 scholarship to any member of the team who pursues a business degree at Lake State. (LSSU Photo)

Lake Superior State University’s Lukenda School of Business hosted 22 Sault Area and Brimley high school students for the inaugural Superior Case Competition on April 6. Sault Area High School fielded four teams; Brimley, two. The top three teams received cash to benefit their schools’ business programs.

Contestants dealt with a real-world decrease in popularity of Levi’s jeans. Each team worked with an LSSU student mentor and Lukenda School of Business faculty to formulate a solution that factored in limited resources. Teams then made oral presentations to a panel of judges, composed of business professionals, including LSSU’s Professional Advisory Board chair Craig Froggett, on how Levi’s might reclaim the brand and turn company sales around.

Recommendations focused on Levi’s increasing an online presence and better-utilizing social media to attract younger customers.

Taking first-place honors was Sault High’s Team One of Samantha Brand, Alexis Harp, Nicholas Natzke, and Rebekka Ranta. The prize netted SAHS $500 for its business program, plus a $1,000 scholarship to any member of the team who pursues a business degree at Lake State.

Sault High Team Two – Matt McElhinny, Cassidy Mack, Kayla Wilhelms, and Jarid Demolen – took home a second-place $250 award for the SAHS business program, as did Brimley High School’s third-place finisher, Team Six, of Mason Cameron, Danny Anderson, Cory Brown, and Katelin McDonald for the BHS business program.

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Competition 2nd

CASE CHAMPS II – Lake Superior State University Business Chair Mindy McCready poses with second-place finishers in the inaugural Superior Case Competition, cohosted on April 6 by LSSU’s Lukenda School of Business and the Sault Ste. Marie EDC. Accepting the honor is Sault High’s Team Two of Jarid Demolen, Kayla Wilhelms, Cassidy Mack, and Matt McElhinny. The prize netted SAHS $250 for SAHS business programs. (LSSU Photo)

Competition 3rd Place

CASE CHAMPS III – Lake Superior State University Business Chair Mindy McCready poses with third-place finishers in the inaugural Superior Case Competition, cohosted on April 6 by LSSU’s Lukenda School of Business and the Sault Ste. Marie EDC. Accepting honors for Brimley High School’s Team Six is Danny Anderson, Cory Brown, Mason Cameron, and Katelin McDonald. The prize netted $250 for BHS business programs. (LSSU Photo)