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.