This year’s 2018 National Leadership Conference (NLC) took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as Junior Achievement of Wisconsin served as host to Junior Achievement (JA) associates from all over the country. Throughout the week-long event, JA employees and sponsors came together as friends and business colleagues. Concluding the week were awards given to JA associates who have displayed dedication, excellence, and inspiration within the Junior Achievement organization.
Charles R. Hook Award
This prestigious award recognizes the Junior Achievement USA President whose professionalism and performance best represents the core values and ideals of Junior Achievement over the past year.
This year, the recipient of this honorable award was Tera Norris, (pictured right) President of Junior Achievement of Lincoln.
Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award
This award recognizes significant achievements and contributions of first time JA Area Presidents with not less than two and not more than four years of service in their current position.
The recipient of the Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award for 2018 was Drew Martin (pictured left) of Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky (Bowling Green, KY).
JA MVP Awards (Model Values Professional)
This award was established to reinforce the importance of living our values. JA associates must exemplify values and behaviors that provide the model for the students we serve and assure JA a place as a business to be respected in every community where JA has a presence.
The two (2) distinguished recipients of the 2018 JA MVP award were Erin Kurt (pictured right) of Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa (Cedar Rapids) and Lisa Frye (not pictured) of Junior Achievement USA (Colorado Springs, CO).
Rising Star Awards
The Rising Star award was created in 2004 to recognize secondary JA staff professionals who have excelled in their role and are considered “Rising Stars” of the organization. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to the success of JA and accept increasingly important leadership roles within the JA organization.
The recipients of the 2018 Rising Star Awards were as follows:
Callie Tincher of JA of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY
Ryan Purser of JA of Southeast Texas in Houston
Alison Gottsch-Walton of JA of Lincoln
Alicia Fusco of JA of New Jersey
We congratulate our fellow colleagues on their exceptional work within our organization.