Amber Burchard is a 2019 graduate of Maplewood Jr/Sr High School in Guys Mills, PA and now a JA alumna. Ms. Burchard was chosen as the recipient for the Pennsylvania State Education Association Scholarship for her completion of a JA course and for her success in the program. She will attend Edinboro University this fall and will major in Secondary Education with a concentration in physics.
To learn more about this star student, keep reading for a short Q&A session we had with Amber!
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies, interests, or anything else you'd like to share?
A: I enjoy performing in musical theater with my local community theatre group and making maple syrup with my family. While in school, I also enjoyed playing volleyball and singing in chorus.
Q: What are your career aspirations?
A: I aspire to become a high school physics teacher to inspire students to pursue truth in academia as well as all other areas of life.
Q: What was the most important lesson that you learned through Junior Achievement programming?
A: The most important lesson I learned in Junior Achievement was to be genuine with people. In my experience with JA, the most rewarding times occured when myself and those around me were being authentic and not just trying to impress each other.
Q: Do you have any advice to high school students that are involved in Junior Achievement?
A: To other Junior Achievement students, enjoy your time and make the most of all that you do.
Congratulations Jessica for all of your success with JA! We look forward to following your journey moving forward, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!