– The Melbourne High School Ethics team, coached by Diane Grover, edged out Merritt Island High School and Cocoa Beach High School for first place in
Florida Tech’s annual high school business ethics competition.
The competition, sponsored by Community Educators Credit Union and the Gannett Foundation, awarded $500 to first-place team members, $250 to second place
Merritt Island team members and $125 to Cocoa Beach third place team members. In addition to the cash prizes, first-place winners earned $8,000
scholarships to Florida Tech’s College of Business. Second-place team members are eligible for $6,000 scholarships.
Teams are evaluated on responses to difficult ethics cases. Each participating team prepares for a morning case, and finalists are given a new, undisclosed
case to prepare for the afternoon session.
The morning case in this year’s competition was based on the Enron collapse. The afternoon case on the Lexon Corporation involved email privacy issues on
company-owned computer assets and access to company-owned Internet services.
Melbourne High School team members were Kelly Freeman, Amberle Asbell, Christina Brown, and Kyle Oathout. Merritt Island High School team members were Amy
Wenrich, Holly Ficker, Mitch Gaither, and Shannon McDonald. The Mustangs were coached by Julia Bull. Members of the Cocoa Beach High School team were Shawn
Hamm, Matt Young, Allannah E. NicPhaidin, and Joshua Niederriter. The Cocoa Beach Coach is Georgann Savage.