SYRACUSE – Ligonier’s Tyler Alles and Goshen’s Yuko Baumann were the male and female overall winners at Saturday’s Junior Achievement 5K held in Syracuse.
Alles finished the 5K race, which began at Lakeside Fitness and worked its way around Syracuse and back to the gym, at 16:22, a 5:17 pace. Baumann, who clocked a 22:08/7:08 was 15th overall of over 200 entries.
The race benefits Junior Achievement, a program that helps teach students in grades K-12 about personal and business finance. Junior Achievement raises approximately $25,000 per year to fund its efforts in Kosciusko County.
According to Junior Achievement Development Manager Vicky Decker, the program teaches students the significance of personal finance, economics, credit cards, taxes and budgeting as well providing students with business finance skills. The program provides a five to six week course for students that is entirely taught by program provided volunteers. Decker states that Junior Achievement is present in Milford, Syracuse, and North Webster schools and that the Junior Achievement’s Regional Branch overseas operations in 25 counties.
In addition, Junior Achievement offers Wawasee High School students a fully funded economics course. Decker states that many students in the economics course have developed their finance skills and have received internships with various companies throughout the county. Though the courses do provide a wealth of knowledge, they are by no means meant to be tedious. Instead, courses implement games and fun activities to teach students the importance of finance.
For a complete list of results and a photo page, visit Lakeside Fitness’ Facebook page.
Age Group Winners
Luke Griner, 12, North Webster – 18:27
Breanna Hiner, 9, Syracuse – 24:50
Jaxon Bame, 15, Pierceton – 17:23
Morgan Eryman, 15, Leesburg – 24:41
Jon Tucco, 20, Cromwell – 22:42
Anisa Adam, 22, North Manchester – 27:23
Tim Murray, 26, Goshen – 16:32
Danielle Jones, 28, North Webster – 22:56
Matt Adams, 30, Columbia City – 20:42
Danielle Hartzell, 34, Syracuse – 22:28
Sean Frick, 37, Syracuse – 20:26
Wendy Hiner, 39, Syracuse – 26:59
Andy Dunithan, 40, Milford – 20:42
Misty Glandon, 40, Syracuse – 25:05