Princeton Senior High School Wins First Place at 28th Concord Business Challenge | State and region



ATHENS – The Business Department at Concord University has announced the winners of the 28th Concord Business Challenge.

The overall school winners are First Place, Princeton Senior High School; Second place, Greenbrier East High School; and third place, Bluefield High School.

The winners were announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 11 a.m. by Dr. Susan Robinett, Chair of the Department of Business. The ceremony was broadcast live via Facebook and streamed live on Concord’s YouTube channel. To view an archived copy of the event, visit

The Concord Business Challenge (CBC) gives high school and high school students the opportunity to test their business knowledge base. The event traditionally takes place on the Athens campus of Concord, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students virtually participated in the 28th competition.

More than 260 students from West Virginia and Virginia representing ten schools have registered to compete. Participating schools include: Bland County High School, Bluefield High School, Princeton High School, Mercer County Technical Education Center, Fayette Institute of Technology, Independence High School, Woodrow Wilson High School, Greenbrier High School East, Greenbrier West High School and Monroe County Technical Center.

In addition to the winners from all of the schools, awards for each challenge exam and scholarship winners were announced during the virtual ceremony. Concord University’s $ 4,000 scholarship recipients are Samvat Yadav of Princeton Senior High School and Nicole Cochran of Greenbrier East High School.

The winners of the $ 1,000 scholarships at Concord University are: Shawn Hale, Mercer County Technical Education Center; Bradford Hurt, Princeton High School; Landon McCarty, Princeton Senior High School; Elijah Bauer, Princeton High School; Xander Lewis, Monroe County Technical Center; Carolina Disney, Princeton High School; Cadence Stewart, Greenbrier East High School; Timothy Riffe, Independence High School; Jamey Shrieves, Monroe County Technical Center; and Erica Hartwell, Princeton High School.

The individual winners listed by school are:

BLUEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL – (Bluefield, W.Va.): Aaliyah Paynter, 1st place, business plan, 1st place, CBC logo and slogan, 2nd place, management principles, 2nd place, corporate communication.

PRINCETON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Princeton, W.Va.): Reagan Southers 2nd place, Accounting; Samvat Yadav, 1st place, Corporate finance, 2nd place, Business Plan, 1st place, Principles of management; Elijah Bauer, 2nd place, Microsoft Office Concepts; Bradford Hurt, 1st place, Business Mathematics; Dylan Cline, 2nd place, Business Mathematics, 1st place, Business Communication; Josiah Malachowsky, 3rd place, Business Mathematics; Kate Smith, 3rd place, Business Plan; Alexandra Kent, 1st place, current business events; Michael Wanzer, 1st place, Economics; Tori Buckner, 2nd, Economics; Landon McCarty, 2nd place, Principles of Marketing.

INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL – (Coal City, W.Va.): Peyton Stump, 3rd place, Microsoft Office Concepts; Timothy Riffe, 3rd place, Corporate Communication; Makaila Bolen, 3rd place, hotel management; Jonathan Mills, 3rd place, Economics.

WOODROW WILSON HIGH SCHOOL – (Beckley, W.Va.): Deleah Gill, 2nd place CBC logo and slogan; Stanley Martin, 2nd place, Current Business Events; Duarte McDowell, 3rd place, Corporate Finance.

FAYETTE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – (Oakhill, W.Va.): Loretta Moses-Wolfe, 3rd place, Principles of Management.

GREENBRIER EAST HIGH SCHOOL – (Lewisburg, W.Va.): Alondra Lopez, 3rd place, CBC logo and slogan; Drew Beverage, 3rd place, Accounting; Alexandria Wills, 1st place, hotel management; Cadence Stewart, 2nd place, Corporate Finance; Ryan Meadows, 1st place, Principles of Marketing; Nicole Cochran, 1st place, Accounting.

GREENBRIER WEST HIGH SCHOOL – (Charmco, W.Va.): Jacob Murphy, 3rd place, Current Business Events; Olivia Goins, 1st place, Microsoft Office Concepts.

MERCER COUNTY TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER – (Princeton, West Virginia): Shawn Hale, 3rd place, Economics.

BLAND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL – (Rocky Gap, Virginia): Abigail Rasnake, 2nd place, hotel management.


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