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JA Company Program Presents Awards and Scholarships
All 78 participants of the Company Program were recently recognized at Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island’s 32nd Annual “Futures Unlimited Banquet.”
By: Lee Wilson
During the 15 week program teams selected officers and company names, developed product ideas and then produced, marketed and sold their products. In addition to distributing profits to the students as wages, commission and dividends, a variety of awards are presented to individual students and company teams.
The Outstanding Sales Presentation Awards, based on appearance, poise, content and delivery before a panel of judges, went to Kala Daily, Skyler Agrigado and Jennifer Taniguchi. Each won a $100 savings bond.
Eight students, Kendra Fujioka, Kathy Oyadomari, Zachary Matthews, Amanda Cruz, Titus Matthews, Skyler Agrigado, Jennifer Taniguchi and Cheylee Octavio had personal sales over $1,000. Octavio earned the distinction of Outstanding Sales Person earning a $150 savings bond for reaching $4,182 in sales.
For its display, personal appearance and salesmanship, the JA Company “Makia,” sponsored by HPM Building Supply received the Trade Fair Company award.
The Green Company Award given for incorporating sustainability concepts went to “N.I.N.J.A.S.,”
JA Companies were also taught the importance of giving back to their community. This year service projects included visiting elderly and veterans homes, making cards for overseas troops, packing Operation Christmas care boxes, teaching the JA afterschool curriculum at the Boys and Girls Club and selling wristbands to raise funds for charity. “Lifesavers,”
In addition, “Lifesavers”
Like the real word, Junior Achievement assesses taxes on all JA-Company earnings. However, in JA, all taxes paid go back to the students as prizes and scholarships. For 26 years Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island has provided scholarships to high school seniors based on applicant’s academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement, community service and leadership skills. This year the seniors receiving scholarships were: Norman Mogote of Keaau High ($500), Kanani Jacunski of St. Joseph High ($500), Brittany Rutledge of Waiakea High ($500), Kendra Fujioka of Hilo High ($750) and Kathy Oyadomari of Hilo High ($1,500).
All sponsoring companies and their volunteer advisors were recognized for the tremendous donation of time, talent and funding.
Advising “Conscious Youth” sponsored by HELCO: Chris Cryan, Barbara Engle, Laura Holt, Shanon Hopkins, Travis Ing, Nori Ishii, Rhea Lee, Kathy Todd, Kazuo Todd and Kevin Waltjen.
Advising “I Mua” sponsored by HFS Federal Credit Union: Sabine Callerec, Abigail Del Rosario, Ashli Hirai, Manly Kanoa, Donna Kim, Tiani Moses and Domonick Uchima.
Advising “J.A.R.S” sponsored by Big Island Toyota: teacher Lynda Tarantino, David DeLuz Jr. and Seth Murashige assisted by Kathy Oyadomari, Taylor Chaves McCormick and Kendra Fujioka.
Advising “Makia” sponsored by HPM Building Supply: Jon Miyata, Thomas Modjeska, Keana Okuda, Russel Oshiro and Cathy Yoshida.
Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island’s High School Company Program is the only JA program of its kind in the State. Recruitment of students and the interview process begins in August. In addition to the Company Program, each year JA volunteers teach business and personal economics to over 2,800 students in East Hawaii classrooms from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students interested in participating in the program and adults interested in becoming volunteers should contact Susan Labrenz, District Manager, at JA-Susan@hawaii.rr.com.