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Westminster students place in business game



Published: Sat, June 15, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Ten students in the Westminster College “Strategic Management” capstone course recently placed in the top 100 for their performance in a global simulation known as the Business Strategy Game.

Each week of class simulates a year in the life of the organization that student teams manage. During the game, students operate an athletic footwear company and compete against other footwear companies in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Each company has co-managers who are responsible for making decisions on production operations, upgrading plants and expanding or reducing plant capacity, worker compensation and training, pricing and marketing and more.

Team “Elite” placed eighth for its return on average equity, 37th for its stock price and 75th for earnings per share. Co-managers are Robert Lupton and Tyler Robinson.

Lupton, a senior accounting and business administration major, is a son of Robert and Andrea Lupton of Cortland and a graduate of Howland High School. Robinson, a senior business administration major, is a son of Brian and Susan Robinson of Creston, Ohio, and a graduate of Norwayne High School.

Team “Avenger Inc.” placed 28th for its ROE and had the 74th best stock price. The co-managers for team Avenger are Zachary Cramer and Timothy Dennis. Cramer, a recent graduate with a degree in accounting and business administration, is a son of Steven Cramer of Luthersburg and a graduate of DuBois Area High School. Timothy Dennis, a recent graduate with a business administration degree, is a son of Timothy and Lillian Dennis of Edisto Island, S.C., and a graduate of Hopewell High School.

Team “Bramare” placed 67th for its ROE. Co-managers are Cassandra Aponte and Lauren Claypool. Aponte, a senior business administration major, is a daughter of Carmen Colon and William Aponte of Youngstown and a graduate of East High School. Claypool, a senior business administration major, is a daughter of Terry and Sally Claypool of Eldred and a graduate of Otto-Eldred High School.

Team “Dominant Footwear” placed 68th for its ROE. Co-managers are Kelsey Mersing and Victoria Mills. Mersing, a recent graduate with a business administration degree, is a daughter of Louis III and Julia Mersing of McKees Rocks and a graduate of Montour High School. Mills, also a recent graduate with a business administration degree, is a daughter of Natalie and Howard Mills and a graduate of New Castle High School.

Team “Firebrand” placed 49th for its ROE and 95th for its stock price performance. Co-managers are Abigail Shultz and Julia Warhola. Shultz, a recent graduate with an accounting and business administration degree, is a daughter of Richard and Susan Schulz of Saxonburg and a graduate of Hampton High School. Warhola, a recent graduate with a business administration and history degree, is a daughter of Martin Warhola of Ebensburg and a graduate of Moon Area High School.

“I am so proud of all the teams who participated this semester in the global simulation. I am confident these students are equipped to go out and change their part of the world for the better,” said Jacque L. King, assistant professor of business and course instructor.


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