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Baylor Freshman Places Third in Global Business Challenge

April 20, 2010

By Nincy Matthew

BUS 1301 student Brandon Juenger earned third place out of 224 individuals and teams competing in the Foundation Spring Challenge 2010.

The Challenge is a global competition for users of the Foundation business simulation, the key teaching tool in BUS 1301 classes.

"My accomplishments in the Spring Challenge have helped me to realize how grateful I am to be in an institution where the professors take pride in the education they provide to the students," said Juenger.

Teams from all over the world competed in a two-round challenge. Baylor placed more teams in the top 20 of the qualifying rounds than any other university playing.

"This is the third semester in a row that we've placed a student in the final round," Dr. Blaine McCormick, associate professor for the management department said.

"Hopefully, we can take a first place finish one day," said McCormick.

Juenger is a freshman at Baylor and a pre-med and pre-business major from Coppell, Texas.

"Prior to this semester, I was pretty much set on studying medicine but my experiences in Business 1301, notably Foundation and the Spring Challenge, have sparked a real interest in pursuing a major in business," said Juenger. "Upon hearing that I received third place I was extremely happy but truthfully, I wanted to win the whole thing."

"I'm most proud of the BUS 1301 students because they go into the Challenge and quite often compete against upper-level students from other schools. It's impressive and evidence of the talent coming in the front door of the Hankamer School of Business," said McCormick.

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