Vernon Panthers take sixth in Titan Challenge

Vernon Secondary students Daniel Chow (left) and Jacob Dolinar fly the flag at the Global Junior Achievement Titan Challenge in Delaware. - Photo Submitted
Vernon Secondary students Daniel Chow (left) and Jacob Dolinar fly the flag at the Global Junior Achievement Titan Challenge in Delaware.
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The Vernon Panthers economics team means business.

Daniel Chow and Jacob Dolinar went up against the top 13 high school and university teams in the world and placed sixth at the annual Global Junior Achievement Titan Challenge in Delaware.

University-level teams from China and Russia took top spots at the competition, which was sponsored by MasterCard and Junior Achievement. Teams were flown to the Eastern Seaboard, all expenses paid, and were treated like VIPs.

This is the second time in the Panthers’ 15-year history that Vernon has represented Canada at worlds.

Under the direction of coach Susan Egan, the Cats have experienced quite the run of success, collecting several provincial awards, as well as two international sixth-place rankings.

“Our current team is outstanding, and such a pleasure to work with,” said Egan. “These students have it all: they are smart, great at analysis, play well as a team, and have a lot of fun together.”

Dolinar, a Grade 11 student, described the experience as amazing.

“The whole atmosphere of being at the world championships was incredible, knowing that we were testing our skills against the very best teams in the world was like nothing I had ever experienced before.

“The level of play was astonishing, and in addition to the stress of playing at this elite level, there were time limits making things even tougher.”

Chow, who graduates next spring, agreed that the competition was very intense, and thought that “the best thing about Delaware was meeting students from all around the world.”

Egan thanked VSS vice-principal Tony Dolinar for chaperoning the team in Delaware.

“Competing against the top high school and university economics students from around the world has allowed Jacob and Daniel to grow as economics students, and they will bring the skills they learned back to their team at Vernon Secondary School,” said Tony.

The Panthers will start the cycle again in January as they enter Junior Achievement provincials in Vancouver.

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