Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Greer High’s Virtual Enterprise Puts a Wrap on a Sweet Year

Greer High School’s Virtual Enterprise team recently put a wrap on what has been a very sweet year. This year the students operated Sugar Rush Inc. a virtual candy, soda, and ice cream store offering premium confectionary sweets and health conscious candy alternatives. The team not only met but also exceeded the goals that it had set for itself at the beginning of the year.

Their business plan won first place at state competition in December. They represented South Carolina at national completion in April, and they brought home an honorable mention for catalog design. In addition, the web based firm recorded sales in thirteen states, two foreign countries, and received inquiries from shoppers in countries ranging from Bulgaria and Croatia to China and Israel.

The firm ended its year last week at the South Carolina State Competition and Trade Show in Columbia. When the dust had settled, students had captured first place in nine of fifteen events.

Greer High's Virtual Enterprise Puts a Wrap on a Sweet Year! Click to enlarge.
Greer High School's Virtual Enterprise Team excels in state competition.

Students received 1st place awards in the following events:

  • Catalog Sales Presentation
  • Employee Manual
  • Financial Plan Presentation
  • Written Financial Plan
  • Marketing Plan Presentation
  • Written Marketing Plan
  • Promotional Plan
  • Video Commercial
  • Website Design

Students also placed in the following events:

  • Best Salesmanship – 2nd Place
  • Human Resources Scenario – 2nd Place
  • Catalog Design – 4th Place
  • Newsletter – 4th Place

This year marked the 10 year anniversary for the South Carolina Virtual Enterprise Network, a network of 41 schools statewide and over 500 nationwide dedicated to improving entrepreneurial skills though the implementation of a realistic business simulation. The program encourages students to grow in business understanding, comprehension, decision-making, and, most importantly, self-confidence. Students are pushed to think outside of the standard lines and boundaries of high school educational practice and challenged not only to learn concepts and theory, but also to implement the concepts and theory into real-world situations.

For more information about the Greer High Virtual Enterprise program, contact Adam Massey, Program Director/Instructor, (864) 355-5731. To visit the Virtual Enterprise 

Greer High Students Turn Virtual Experience into Real Cash

Two Greer High students successfully turned knowledge from their Virtual Enterprise program into real cash last Wednesday as thirty students from 16 high schools across South Carolina put their financial literacy knowledge to the test in the MoneySKILL Mania competition. The event was held as part of the Tenth Annual South Carolina Virtual Enterprise Network Trade Show in Columbia.

Based on the AFSA Education Foundation’s (AFSAEF) MoneySKILL® curriculum, MoneySKILL Mania tested the students’ knowledge of personal finance concepts on credit, investing, insurance, and current events. To be eligible for the contest, students were required to have completed MoneySKILL, a free Internet-based course consisting of 36 modules.

"MoneySKILL Mania challenges students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-life situations,” said Susie Irvine, AFSAEF’s president and chief executive officer. “The goal of MoneySKILL is to equip students with the skills necessary to make responsible choices about money.”

The three students with the highest score were awarded monetary prizes Tyler Ashwood from Greer High School in Greer won first place, taking home a prize of $400. Peter Barnett, also from Greer High School, took second place and $300, while Nick Hoyt from Byrnes High School took third place and $200. The contest was sponsored by Regional Management Corporation, Security Finance Corporation of Spartanburg, and World Acceptance Corporation.

This year marked the 10 year anniversary for the South Carolina Virtual Enterprise Network, a network of 41 schools statewide and over 500 nationwide dedicated to improving entrepreneurial skills though the implementation of a realistic business simulation. The program encourages students to grow in business understanding, comprehension, decision-making, and, most importantly, self-confidence. Students are pushed to think outside of the standard lines and boundaries of high school educational practice and challenged not only to learn concepts and theory, but also to implement the concepts and theory into real-world situations.

For more information about the Greer High Virtual Enterprise program, contact Adam Massey, Program Director/Instructor, (864) 355-5731. To visit the Virtual Enterprise 


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