Students Showcase Ethical Decision-making Skills at the Team Challenge
The purpose of the Team Challenge, hosted by the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, is to provide local high school students with hands-on experience in team building, creative problem solving and dealing with the ethical decision-making process within the context of real-world business problems. Using the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics framework from Santa Clara University, teams from the high schools explored business issues that have complex ethical implications. Over a period of several weeks, the teams worked together to develop solutions that show their understanding of the issues, demonstrate their use of the Markkula decision-making framework in working through the conflicts and illustrate evidence of their teamwork and presentation skills. During the Dec. 2nd event each team presented their findings and solutions to a panel of judges from within the business community.
This year’s winning team was from Marlboro High School and included students Bhaargava Arnala, Ravitej Chilukuri, Ralph DePalma, Alanna Flores, Alexandra Jay, Christy Lee, Shreya Naraparaju, Rohan Parikh, Anjili Patel, Avni Patel, and Gavin Weimer. The team was led by advisors Biagio Lubrano and Patrick Scinto.
Howell High School’s team won second place in the competition, with Freehold Township High School finishing in third place.
Howell’s team included students Hanna Brancaccio, Tatianna Brown, Kayla Fittipaldi, Emily Giuca, Jake Goldberg, Christina Harrison, Alyssa Hornung, Lauren Katz, Misha Mackanic, Lucas O’Reilly, and Brianna Ramos. The team was led by advisors James Buckner and Tim Hogan.
Freehold Township’s team included students Amit Bachani, Tiffany DeMonte, Tierney Egan, Michael Galanaugh, Paul Griseta, Dayana Khalil, Sage O’Toole, John Ross, Victoria Varlack, and Elisa Zikoff. The team was led by advisors Linda Bonaly and Dan Cooper.
Prior to the Dec. 2nd competition, the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce conducted a teacher-training session to prepare the teachers to facilitate the preliminary competition process with the students. They also conducted a student orientation where they provided students with an overview of the challenge and provided training on the ethical decision-making process as it pertains to each group’s business issues.
The program prepares students to effectively enter the workforce by placing them in an environment in which teamwork and creative interdependence are required, where they get to develop their communication skills and where they learn a process for ethical decision-making which will benefit them as they assume leadership positions at work and within their communities.