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JA of Wichita Names Aggie Tuxhorn 2017 Volunteer of the Year

WICHITA, Kan. –  Junior Achievement (JA) of Kansas, Wichita District is pleased to name Aggie Tuxhorn, director of corporate engagement for Meritrust Credit Union, as the 2017 Othal Vrana Volunteer.

A JA volunteer since 2009, Tuxhorn is a champion for Junior Achievement in the classroom and the community, encouraging coworkers and friends to become part of the JA volunteer team. In seven years, she has volunteered in 15 classrooms at four schools, working with students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

“We are thrilled to honor Aggie for her dedication to Junior Achievement in the Wichita area,” said Amy Burns, president of Junior Achievement of Kansas. “We rely on nearly 1,000 volunteers across the state, including nearly 400 in Wichita, to inspire and prepare our students for success. We couldn’t fulfill our mission without the support and dedication of people like Aggie.”

The Volunteer of the Year Award is named after longtime JA volunteer and board member Othal Vrana, who supported the organization for 44 years. He served as a JA board member and director emeritus, and was honored in 2006 as the first JA of Wichita Volunteer of the Year.

Tuxhorn said she’s honored to be able to make a lasting impact in the lives of children, especially the youngest students.

"My favorite grade to work with is kindergarten,” she said. They have so much enthusiasm and are so eager to learn about saving money and giving.”

Tuxhorn will be presented with the Othal Vrana Volunteer of the Year Award by members of the Vrana family at the Wichita Business Hall of Fame Tribute Dinner on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Help Kansas Children Succeed!

Junior Achievement (JA) of Kansas is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

JA of Kansas trains and places volunteers from local businesses in the classroom, providing relevant, hands-on experiences that give students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

JA of Kansas serves more than 28,000 young people annually, inspiring kids to dream big and reach their full potential. Explore our website for more information about the Junior Achievement program and how you can help us help Kansas youth succeed.