Thank you to all of the JA Volunteers, Conneaut Middle School and Conneaut Dairy Queen for a very successfull JA Innovation Challenge! The Winning Team is "Queen Cookie Graham" the 6th grade finalist team. See video of the JA Innovation Challenge Day below:
Thank you to all who attended our Designer Bag BINGO fundraiser on Friday, May 10th. It was a "fun-raising" success! Junior Achievement and ACCESS appreciate your support.
Thank you to all that participated in our 3rd Annual JA Titan Business Challenge will be on March 10th at Kent State University- Ashtabula.
19 teams of high school students from seven area schools in Ashtabula County competed in this year's competition. Using JA Titan, an online business educational program, teams had the opportunity to create, manage, and operate their own virtual businesses while competing for scholarships ($500 for each student on 1st place team, $250 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place).
Each team is paired with a local business professional who were their mentors for the first part of the competition. By pairing each team with local business professional, students are able to get insight on different opportunities in Ashtabula County and see how the principles they learn during the JA Titan Business Challenge are applicable in the real world.
JA is able to provide this opportunity to local students and schools and students at NO COST thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. This year's event sponsor is: Wells Fargo. Scholarship Sponsors are AXA Advisors, Gazette Newspapers and the Robert S. Morrison Foundation. Titan of Industry Sponsors are Key Bank and Walmart. Our Global Marketplace Sponsor is Dawn Cragon. Team Sponsors this year are A-Tech, ASHTA Chemicals, Chris Brecht State Farm Insurance, Conneaut Moose Lodge #472, Conneaut Savings Bank, Delta Railroad, State Road Occupational Medical Facility and Ziegler Heating.
This year's speakers included: Representative John Patterson will telecommute opening remarks from the Statehouse in Columbus and the Keynote Speaker will be Joslin Seeds, American writer, human rights advocate and gender inclusive empowerment proponent. Joslin is the current chair of the UH Seidman Cancer Center Initiatives for Geneva and Conneaut Hospitals.
This year's participating high schools include: A-Tech, Conneaut, Geneva, Grand Valley, Jefferson, Lakeside and Pymatuning Valley.
2019 JA Titan Champions
1st Place ($500 scholarships each) A-Tech Team 4:
Justin Alderton, Scotty Brown, Jr., Jacob Taylor
2nd Place ($250 scholarships each) Conneaut Team 1:
Isabella Cleveland, Nicholas Morris, Logan Poore
3rd Place ($150 scholarships each) Pymatuning High School Team 2:
Asha Hamilton, Ellie Stroke
Business Mentors and Teachers:
Harleigh Hodge, A-Tech Teacher
A-Tech Team 1: Sean Ratican*, Ashtabula Port Authority
A-Tech Team 2: Rachel Burch, Conneaut Savings Bank
A-Tech Team 3: Justin Singer, Erie Bank
A-Tech Team 4: Thomas Krajewski*, Applebee's
Gabe Cellini, Conneaut Teacher
Conneaut Team 1: Chris Brecht*, State Farm Insurance
Conneaut Team 2: Angel McVoy, State Road Medical
Randy Ankrom, Geneva Teacher Geneva Team 1: Mark Winchell, Ashtabula County 503 Corp and Greg Church, Greater Ashtabula Chamber
Carrie Brumit, Grand Valley Teacher Grand Valley Team 1: Richard Jackson, ASHTA Chemicals
Grand Valley Team 2: Bonnie Cannon, Huntington Bank
Grand Valley Team 3: Carol Sandison, Huntington Bank
Michael Barney, Jefferson Teacher Jefferson Team 1: Jordan Trenn*, First Federal Lakewood
Jefferson Team 2: Bob Lebzelter, Gazette (retired)
Jefferson Team 3: Mary Jo Braden, Lakeview FCU
David Miller, Lakeside Teacher Lakeside Team 1: Dawn Cragon*, Ashtabula County Treasurer
Lakeside Team 2: Jes Zito, State Road Medical
Andrea Wonderling, Pymatuning Valley Teacher Pymatuning Valley Team 1: Eric Senor, Andover Bank
Pymatuning Valley Team 2: Dave Bogardus, Erie Bank
Pymatuning Valley Team 3: Dan Creed, Mega-Byte Computer Services
*JA Board Member
Event Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Scholarship Sponsors: AXA Advisors, The Gazette and The Robert S. Morrison Foundation
Global Sponsor: Dawn Cragon
Team Sponsors: ASHTA Chemicals, Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus, Conneaut Savings Bank, Chris Brecht– State Farm Insurance, Delta Railroad, Ziegler Heating, Conneaut Moose Lodge #472,
Donors: Larry Frimerman, ID Networks, LaVette E. Hennigan, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Ashtabula County Commissioners, Nicholas Iarocci, ID Networks, Andover Bank,
In-Kind Donors: Kent State University– Ashtabula, Gazette Newspapers, Erie Bank, YMCA, Applebee's, Ashtabula County Metroparks, State Road Occupational Medical Facility, Lakeview Federal Credit Union
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