$10,000 Awards & Scholarships



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Community Partners Supporting JA Company Connection To Real World of Work Career Pathways In Business Management, Finance, Marketing, Sales & Technology

Expanding the JA NextGEN Entrerpeneurs' Challenge from a one-day end-of-the-year competition to a year-long youth entrepreneurship initiative has been a six-month project in partnership with The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Coastal Pet Products, Inc., Timken, Timken Young Professional Network,  Walsh University, startupStark!,  CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio Board of Directors, and the Junior Achievement Northeast Ohio Alumni Association.  


2018 JA Company of the Year - United States
Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio is proud to be represented by The United States JA Company of the Year Beelieve, from North Canton Hoover High School, at the 2018 National Student Leadership Summit. Learn More Here. 
All JA Company Teams can apply to the JA National Leadership Summit.  
Only 15 teams from across the nation are selected for this elite annual competition held in Washington, D.C. for a chance to win additional scholarships and prizes.
JA Company Bonus Prize Awards
1st Place - $750 Company Bonus 
2nd Place - $500 Company Bonus
3rd Place - $250 Company Bonus 
What To Expect – 4 Judging Criteria Areas
  • Annual Report – Judged Prior To Competition
  • Commercial – Judged Prior To Competition   
  • Tradeshow Booth - Limited to one 6-foot table
  • Live Presentation - Max 4 minutes

Total Score of all 4 criteria areas determines winners.


JA Company Employee of The Year Awards
One per company chosen by classroom teacher.
JA  Technology Awards - NEW!
$250 per company meeting award criteria.
In partnership with starupStark! to encourage innovation & technology systems to manage JA Company's smarter.

Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio believes in life long learning and encourages students to expand their education past high school. Our local office offers one-time awards to high school seniors who have participated in JA programs in Stark County, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties of Ohio. 




JA NextGEN Entrepreneurs' Challenge 

Celebrating & Awarding 11 Student Run Companies with over $43,000 in 7 months through the through the  JA Company Program® 2019           
First Place  - $750 Company Bonus               
Simple Starters  of North Canton Hoover High School  
Students: Alexandra Bercaw, Andrew Wells, Jamason Petree, Josh Salinas, Nicholas DeMatteis,, Nick Friedl,  Payton Lambes, Trevor Most, Zach Gotter Educator: Mike Grady           
JA Business Mentor: Joe Rozsa, Site14
Second Place - $500 Bonus                             
Double Play of Cloverleaf High School
Students: Camryn Werner, Cameron Tripp, Tara Adams, Zachary Greer. Jake Kemp, Tanzi Buchan, Kristen Wilson, Grace Donnelly, Maddie Boltz
Educator: Jim Humiston           
JA Business Mentor: Michael Fraser, Avalanche Media 
Third Place - $250 Company Bonus           
Bats Around Town of GlenOak High School
Students: Alex Grimm, Brody Parsons, Jared Poirrier, Justin Klotz, Zipporah Moore Educator: Amanda Defays
JA Business Mentors: Julstin Leepley, CWRU School of Law Joe Schindel, AXA Advisors
JA Company Employee of The Year Awards
One per company chosen by classroom teacher.
Samantha Shapiro - GlenOak HS- MDRN Marketing
Ian Gill - GlenOak HS - Bats Around Town
Kinsley Harbert - GlenOak HS - Skyline Custom Clothing
Alex Blondheim - Hoover HS - FootPrint
Nick DeMatteis - Hoover HS - Simple Starters
Brayden Kosley - Hoover HS - TrueNorth
Sydney Tortola - Marlington HS - Stick'ems
Camryn Werner - Cloverleaf HS - Double Play
Alex Burkett - Lake HS - Co.nnected
Lauren McMillin - Lake HS - S.O.L.E. Solutions
Bryce Lakins - Lake HS - Aroma Wellness
JA  Technology Awards - $250 Company Bonus
MDRN Marketing - GlenOak HS
Aroma Wellness - Lake HS
Co.nnected SMM - Lake HS
S.O.L.E Solutions - Lake HS
TrueNorth - North Canton Hoover HS
Simple Starters - North Canton Hoover HS

JA Company Program® Education Partners:


JA Company Program® Business Mentors:

JA NextGen Entrepreneurs'
Challenege Judges:

Amanda DeFays , GlenOak HS
Mike Grady, Hoover HS
Scott Pittman, Marlington HS
Aja Tompot, Lake HS
Jim Humiston , Cloverleaf HS
Roger Byran, Enfusen
Joe Schindel, AXA Advisors
Justin Leepley, CWRU School of Law
Denise Sibole, Coastal Pet Products, Inc.
Abigal Harrison, Coastal Pet Products, Inc.
Joe Rozsa, Site14 
Reider Carlson, Ladies Super Fitness
Michael Fraser, Avalanche Media
Carl Blaine, Huntington Nation Bank
Justin Smith, Huntington National Bank
Dean Diedort, Huntington National Bank
Dr. Phil Kim, Walsh University
Matt Griffin, Schauer Group
Tony Bell,  Geometry Global
Melvin Stobbe, Geometry Global
Jen Draher, Freelace Writer
Josh Harris, Communico LLC.
Barb Palmer, Retired Educator
Lauryn Rosinki, Dot Org Solutions LLC.
Justin Rush, JGR Financial Solutions
Michael Gorfido, Bridge Point 
Doug Nidy, Fives Bronx, Inc.
Shannon English-Hexamer, SEM Group
Tabitha Messmore, LaunchNET Kent State
Michael Oesch, Veritas Solutions Group, LLC
Cathy Wyatt, Carpe Diem Coffee Shop
John Myers, The University of Mount Union 
Debbie Busby, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Surnear, State Farm Insurance
Glen Reichenbach, State Farm Insurance 

2019 Junior Achievement

National Student Leadership Summit Finalist

Bats Around Town - GlenOak High School &
Simple Starters - North Canton Hoover High School

Learn more at www.jaonline.org/nsls