Two Bethany College business department students placed in the top five of a world championship online business simulation competition. Josh Hickok and Tanner Wallace, who placed fourth were the highest ranking team from the United States in the competition.

They were among the 14 students out of more than 150 from across the world to qualify for the final round of the MikesBikes World Championship and competed against teams from Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

“Bethany’s business department has a long track record of producing successful business professionals who compete locally and globally,” Bethany College President Will Jones said. “These students demonstrate that the next generation of Bethany business alumni will be just as prepared and talented.”

Hickok and Wallace competed along with Adam Maisch during the spring 2016 semester as part of a business capstone course. Their performance during the spring semester qualified them for the global finals round where they competed against seven other teams.

As part of the Business Policy class, the students formed their company in the online simulation and developed the strategic plan for how they would compete in the game. Duke Rogers, Bethany College business professor, said the simulation is designed to tie all of the coursework together.

“They got outflanked a little bit in the last rounds, but did a great job overall,” Rogers said. “This competition gave them the opportunity to manager their own company online, competing within a dynamic and competitive environment.”

Wallace, an accounting major from Lincoln, Kansas and Adam Maisch, a management major from Copperopolis, California graduated in May. Hickok is a senior from Ulysses, Kansas.

Pictured above from left: Josh Hickok and Tanner Wallace.