Colts Neck Takes Second Place in the Chamber of Commerce’s Team Challenge


Ava Johnson

Students from all six Freehold Regional High School District schools competed in the Team Challenge event held on December 1, 2021. Team Challenge is an ethics program in which students learn the skills needed to properly enter the workforce. Teamwork, along with creative interdependence are two major components. Communication skills are improved upon and the process of ethical decision-making is utilized when assuming leadership positions in any aspect of their lives.

Hosted by the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, the purpose of Team Challenge is to give students a hands-on opportunity for team-building and problem-solving through real-world business issues. Using the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics framework from Santa Clara University, the teams research business and work together to develop solutions for the issue at hand. Each team presents its solutions using its developed public speaking skills to a panel of judges who are lawyers, teachers, and other public figures in the community. Their job is to vote for the most ethical solution to the problem. This year, the issue was a civil court case about domestic terrorism and if the government and law enforcement should be able to access phones used to plan the event, which had plenty of incriminating evidence.

This year, Marlboro High School took First Place. Led by Mrs. Bravaco and Mrs. Soriano, Colts Neck came in Second Place. The students who participated include Layna Bernstein, Brielle Bravaco, Rhea Chatrath, Megan Dougherty, Emma Aragona, Olivia Henein, Juliana Magarelli, Edwin Michel, Jenna Pandolfini, Alexa Petroutsas, Janet Ye, and Jack Zarate. Congratulations!