GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Tuesday, Junior Achievement Upstate South Carolina hosted its first Junior Executive Challenge, connecting students with upstate businesses.
Nearly 140 Upstate businesses networked with 240 high school students in an effort to prepare them for the business world.
Junior Achievement hosted the event Greenville Convention Center. Students participated in a public speaking competition and a professionals networking lunch.
Simple interactions with business professionalls are how these students gain skills for the long run. It seemed that students were grateful for their time at the event.
“I think it’s really interesting and I’m glad. I got the opportunity to do this because many people don’t get the opportunity to even be here, right now. So, I’m glad that God chose me to even be here right now,” Phylicia Winn said.
Winn is a 10th grader at Carolina High School who participated in the speaking competition. Christopher Tyson, a 10th grader at Southside High School, also participated in the speaking compedition, he said gained something important.
“I have experienced that can’t nobody really judge you. You know, based on what you do, or how you do it. You just gotta be confident,” Tyson said.