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Futures Unlimited Banquet Held for Achievers in Junior Achievement High School Company Program
The 33rd annual Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island’s Future Unlimited Awards Banquet was recently held at Sangha Hall in Hilo, Hawaii. Junior Achievers participating in the JA High School Company Program were recognized for their accomplishments.
In total the four companies amassed sales of over $40,000 during the 13 week fall program. Ninety-four percent of the students had sales in excess of $100 dollars and nine achievers sold over $1,000 in merchandise.
Jennifer Taniguchi of Simplicity received the top salesperson honors with $3,534 in revenue. The Best Sales Presentation award went to Laurel Fongblatt and Brandon Aguiar of team Kulia I Ka Nu’u whose company also won the Most Green Business Award.
In addition to providing the hands-on experience of manufacturing and selling products, the program also impresses on students the need for companies to support their community. The four JA companies participated in dozens of activities including visiting the elderly and veterans, making cards for oversees troops and packing Operation Christmas Child boxes. Kulia I Ka Nu’u won the Outstanding Community Award.
This marks the twenty-sixth year that Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island provided scholarship awards to the seniors participating in the company program. The scholarships are funded from the JA taxes assessed on the companies’ sales. This year, $4,000 in scholarships were awarded to five deserving students including; Cherese Shelton of Keaau High School, Lakisha Kyrie Victorino-Hose of Hilo High School, Sienna Witthans of Kamehameha, Becky Kyota of Waiakea High School and Becky Zheng also from Waiakea.
The final award of the evening was presented to the Outstanding Company of the Year, Simplicity, sponsored and advised by Bank of Hawaii.
In addition to the Company Program conducted each fall, Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island - http://hawaii-
For more information about JA programs on the Big Island please contact District Manager Susan Labrenz at firstname.lastname@example.org.