Students in Hoover High School's business programs racked up the awards in recent Junior Achievement competitions.

At the NextGen Business Challenge Company Program at Mount Union, teams from Hoover took first and second place going up against counterparts from Lake, GlenOak, Marlington and Cloverleaf high schools. The Pawsitiviely Remembered team won the competition, earning the company a $750 bonus. Team Enpower finished runner up and took home a $500 company bonus.

The same teams also competed in the Junior Achievement Cleveland district against Beachwood, Valley Forge, Columbiana and Marlington high schools and again took the two top spots, with Pawsitively Remembered earning a $1,000 company bonus and Enpower earning a $500 bonus.

It was the first time Hoover has placed first and second in both competitions.

Pawsitively Remembered’s mission is to preserve the memory of your pets. The company sells a personally engraved memorial wind chime to help preserve and bring back positive memories of your pet. The company also provides custom engraved pet tags.

Enpower’s mission is to promote youth entrepreneurship by teaching students lessons about how to start their own business, how to gain capital, and how to create a logo. Its product, the Entrepreneurship Kit, is a step-by-step guide that shows students how to start their business by using a lemonade stand as an example.

Each company participates in the JA Company Program, in which students start and run a real business enterprise under the guidance of business volunteer Joe Rozsa, owner of Site 14, a graphic design and branding company. The students are challenged with developing a product designed to fill an unmet consumer need, produce and market their product or service, and recruit investors for their company.

JA Titan competition

Teams from Hoover also swept JA Titan, an online business strategy competition in which students compete for industry market share across mulitple quarters of a business cycle, at Mount Union.

Team PHB, which consisted of Ben Wirick, Pasindu Wanigarathne and Harrison LaHaie, took first place out of 24 teams, earning each of them a $500 scholarship. Team Park, which consisted of Ricky Park, Pedro Tula and Kyle Kopp finished second, earning each a $300 scholarship.

For the competition, students must work together to make quarterly business decisions regarding their product’s price, marketing, research and development, production capacity, capital, and charitable donations. Teams win by operating the most profitable business simulation.