Colorado Springs, Colo.—On Wednesday, June 19th, in Washington, D.C., the teen entrepreneurs of Simple Starters, representing Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, were selected from among 15 JA student companies as the JA Company of the Year while at Junior Achievement's (JA) 2019 National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS).
In addition to winning the JA Company of the Year title, the Canton teens representing the first-place student company were each awarded a $2,500 JA Company of the Year Scholarship. To the five students representing the second-place team, all were awarded $1,000 scholarships and $500 scholarships were awarded to each of the five students representing the third-place team. All scholarships were awarded by the Achievement Foundation.
Junior Achievement's National Student Leadership Summit is a contest of business skills, ingenuity, and innovation that focuses on the accomplishments of the U.S. JA Company Program ® students, ages 15-19, during the 2018-2019 academic year. Currently reaching more than 10,000 U.S. students who created over 500 start-up ventures, JA Company Program students start and run a real business enterprise under the guidance of a volunteer from the local business community. They devise and market a product or service that fills an unmet consumer need and recruit investors for their company.
The student companies competing at the NSLS were assessed on their financial performance, individual team members' personal and professional development, a self-produced commercial about their product or service, their team's live presentation to a panel of business leaders, and on their company's performance at an Entrepreneurship Expo on Capitol Hill attended by Members of Congress.
"Junior Achievement is empowering these teen entrepreneurs to own their economic success through business proprietorship. It is an exciting opportunity for Junior Achievement students to demonstrate the teamwork, leadership, and innovative thinking that will help them drive success in the business world," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA.
The following awards were presented last week during ceremonies at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, capping the three-day summit in Washington, DC. The 2019 JA National Student Leadership Summit awards that were presented include:
Simple Starters from JA of East Central Ohio (Canton, OH)
Pure Serenity from JA of South Florida (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Denim2Denim – JA of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
To view photos and videos from the JA National Student Leadership Summit, please visit www.facebook.com/JuniorAchievementUSA.