Wausau's Amazing Race Gives Students Valuable Business Experience

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

Saturday students from Wausau East High School will hold the first ever Wausau Amazing Race, a community wide event based on the hit CBS reality show.

The only thing more surprising than the ages of the kids who organized the race is the number. Saturday's race is expected to draw more than 150 people to Wausau's downtown, but it only took six high school seniors to organize it.

"It's going to be fun," Wausau East senior Jacob Matche predicted.

Matche is one of six seniors enrolled in Wausau East's Marketing II class. He and his fellow classmates have been preparing for Wausau's Amazing race since September, gaining valuable business experience along the way.

"I wanted to get them some hands on experience and really be able to not just learn about it in a book, but do something," Business and Marketing teacher Trevor Knight told NewsChannel 7.

"One of the things that I feel I've personally learned from this is speech skills, talking to companies and company officials," Matche added.

Those skills certainly paid off, with numerous downtown businesses getting involved in the fun.

"The community's been great," Knight gushed. "Just about every business we've talked to has had wide open arms trying to help these guys, whether it's through money, their time or their space."

Saturday's race will kick off at Wausau's 400 Block. A series of clues will guide the 40 teams from challenge to challenge. The first team to make it back to the 400 Block wins the $400 grand prize. But they're not the only ones winning. The students' entire profit is going to a good cause.

"It's going to each and every one of us to scholarships for our college educations that we're going to next year since we are all seeking a marketing or business related major or minor," Matche explained.

According to Knight, no kids are more deserving.

"I don't think just any group of six students could pull this off," he said.

As for Matche, he's hoping next year's class will follow in their footsteps and make Wausau's Amazing Race an annual event.

The race begins Saturday at 1:00PM and is scheduled to run until 4:00PM. Registration is now closed, but people are encouraged to stop bye and participate in the raffles. The race will go on as planned rain or shine.

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