2017 Youth Career Olympics - Competition, Dedication, and Inspiration

2017 Youth Career Olympics - Competition, Dedication, and Inspiration

Over 150 Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) students from Cuyahoga and Lake Counties gathered at Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus to showcase a year’s worth of business knowledge at the annual Youth Career Olympics.  The 10-event competition tests participants on job readiness and employment skills in an exciting, fast-paced environment.

This year, the competition was more intense than ever before as students from each school arrived on the morning of April 26th dressed to impress, prepared, and confident they have what it takes to finish among the best of the best at YCO.

Competitions included Budgeting for Life, Community Service, Corporate Team Challenge, Decision Making, Employment Application Review, Employment Interview, Employment Skills Test, Program Cover Design, Public Speaking, and Visual Display.

While students were busy focusing on their events, more than 30 sponsors, dozens of volunteers, and 35 companies were supporting the students’ YCO endeavor through hours of volunteerism (mock interviews, resume building, coaching, judging, etc.), financial contributions, and donations.

In addition to the competitive events, students had the chance to meet and network with local businesses looking to fill open positions at the CVS Opportunity Fair.  In total, 35 companies were on hand to talk to students about education and employment opportunities in the region.

As is tradition, the day ended with the Victory Celebration where first, second and third place winners were announced for each of the ten categories. The winners are as follows:

                                    Winners                             High School                        Career Coach

Public Speaking

1st Place: Adrien Grant Glenville JOG Jocelyn Cook
2nd Place: Onyango Pearl John Marshall JOG Michelle Mauck
3rd Place: Jonathon Gregg Lincoln West JOG Susan Palmentera


Employment Interview

1st Place: Cory Washington Glenville JOG Vanessa Ackley
2nd Place: Peppi Miller Glenville JOG Jocelyn Cook
3rd Place: Chenoa Miller Glenville JOG Vanessa Ackley


Visual Display

1st Place: Giovany Diaz Lincoln West JOG Shannon Williams
2nd Place: Nadia Clark ECAC Maple Hts JOG Connie Patton
3rd Place: Halima Abukar  Lincoln West JOG Shannon Williams


Program Cover Design

1st Place: Tanializ Feliciano John Marshall JOG Michelle Mauck
2nd Place: Isabella LaRiccia Thomas Harvey JOG Dave Ramsey
3rd Place: Ricardo Ibarra Lincoln West JOG Shannon Williams


Application Review

1st Place: Kayla Warfield Glenville JOG Vanessa Ackley
2nd Place: Kesha Grullion Lincoln West JOG Shannon Williams
3rd Place: Maria Felix John Marshall JOG Michelle Mauck


Employment Test

1st Place: DeAviance  Colbert John Adams JOG Nicole Pierce
2nd Place: Bobbi Schultz John Marshall JOG Michelle Mauck
3rd Place: Noah Giles John F. Kennedy  JOG Brittnie Jermon


Community Service

1st Place: Essence Hill and Katelyn Quintana John Marshall JOG Michelle Mauck
 2nd Place:  Carla Matos and Aleysha Diaz  Lincoln West JOG  Shannon Williams
 3rd Place:  Erianna Reed and Keiarri Murphy  Glenville JOG  Vanessa Ackley


Budgeting for Life

1st Place: Mariah Fleming Euclid JOG Ashleigh Robinson
 2nd Place: Aaliyah Johnson John Marshall  JOG Michelle Mauck
 3rd Place: Nye-Zale Scruggs  Glenville JOG Jocelyn Cook


Decision Making

1st Place: Kiara Brown John Adams JOG Nicole Pierce
2nd Place: Marcus Oatneal ECAC Maple Hts JOG Connie Patton
3rd Place: Delaney Velez Lincoln West JOG Shannon Williams


Corporate Team Challenge

1st Place: Clarence Scott and Jazalynn Murry
with Marcus Henry of Turner Construction
Lincoln West JOG Shannon Williams
2nd Place: Briyeah Cook and Jackie Williams
with Kathy Pierce of Designer Walls
Glenville JOG Jocelyn Cook
3rd Place: Anitra Hayward and Christopher Jones
with Danielle Hunter of Findley Davis
Shaw JOG Artemus Carter

 

Youth Career Olympics is only possible with the support of all of our incredible sponsors and volunteers.  Thank you for your unwavering support, countless hours of volunteerism, incredible donations and contributions, and dedication to the youth of Greater Cleveland.

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