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2 Stark County student organizations headed to Washington, D.C. for national summit

Posted at 11:09 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 23:09:20-04

CANTON, Ohio — Two Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio Student Company teams are headed to Washington, D.C. to compete in the 2019 National Student Leadership Summit.

Bats Around Town, JA Company from GlenOak High School, and Simple Starters, a JA company from North Canton Hoover High School were selected out of submissions from across the country to showcase their entrepreneurial skills to members of Congress and business leaders.

“JA Company Program provides a relevant and authentic learning experience for young people. Students selected to compete at the National summit represent some of the best and brightest teen entrepreneurs in our nation. I think having 10 of those 75 students come from Stark County speaks to the strength of our community to train the next generation of business leaders,” Alyssa West, Junior Achievement of East Central Director of Entrepreneurship and Technology said.

JA Company Program students start and run a real business enterprise with guidance from the local business community. Students create and market a product or service and recruit investors for their company.

Bats Around Town promotes awareness about the importance of the bat population to the environment and builds and sells hand-crafted bat houses. BATs donated $650 for the Akron’s Zoo’s Bat Education Program.

Simple Starters creates cards that initiate conversation and meaningful dialogue between families and others that can be used to build relationships. In seven months they made $13,500 in sales and donated $3,800 of those sales to Perry High School and Dymonte Thomas Community.

The 2019 National Leadership Summit will be held June 17 through June 20.