Students from Pasco High proved to be the best future business executives during the High-Tech Business Challenge on Wednesday.
The competition, put on by Junior Achievement, a nonprofit promoting hands-on business training in the classroom, put high schoolers at the helm of a fictional company selling a made-up product, said Brad Hasty, a volunteer for the nonprofit.
Fifteen teams from around the Tri-Cities came together Wednesday at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Using a computer game setup, the students made decisions on production numbers and marketing strategies.
The computer simulated the free market at work, spitting out profits, supply-and-demand balances and market shares for each team, Hasty said.
The Pasco High team consisted of Maria Carrillo, Mikayla Brownlee and Christian Wilson-Zavaleta.
For their fictional business prowess, the three teens received a nonfictional award -- each got a debit card loaded with $200.