Congratulations to the James Madison University team of Lindsay Keller (Team Captain), Larissa Cookson, and Molly Shea for being awarded as the Americas Regional Winner of the 2011 Google Online Marketing Challenge!
In the 2011 Challenge, there were over 35,000 students competing from more than 95 countries. To be one of the top five teams out of the thousands who competed globally is quite an accomplishment. There were four global regions in the Google Challenge: Americas, Europe, MEA (Middle East and Africa) and Asia Pacific. The Americas region consisted of teams competing in North America, Central America, and South America.
The winning threesome participated in Dr. Theresa B. Clarke’s special topics in marketing course in the College of Business. The students developed an online marketing campaign using Google AdWords for their client SOS Advertising, a local business selling promotional products, advertising specialties, and business gifts.
Lindsay Keller was the Team Captain in the Google Challenge. She graduated in 2011 from JMU with a major in marketing. Originally from Skykesville, MD, she currently works as a Jr. Account Manager at Search Mojo in Charlottesville, VA. Larissa Cookson completed her degree in 2011 with a major in marketing and a minor in European business. She will begin employment in late August as a Search Marketing Analyst at the Rimm-Kaufman Group (RKG) in Charlottesville, VA. Molly Shea also graduated from JMU in 2011 with a marketing major and computer information systems minor. She works in Pittsburgh, PA as a Business Intelligence and Analytics Consultant at CIBER, Inc.
This is the second time that JMU has captured the Americas Regional Winner title under Dr. Clarke’s direction. Similar to her 2009 winners, the 2011 winners will be traveling to the Googleplex this October.
All James Madison University Challenge participants ranked as a semi-finalist. A semi-finalist ranking means that the team performed in the top 100 globally. Congratulations to Amy Todd, Ashley Magness, Brittany Bazzle, Casey Davenport, Emily Senn, Gary Politi, Lauren Catino, Linn Baumgarndt, Meaghan McDonald, Nate Chua, Patty Caltabiano, and Sarah Bonner.