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With the help of trained volunteer role models from the community, Junior Achievement shows young people how money, careers, and business ownership work.

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JA Hall of Fame Laureates 2018

Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida announced its annual award recipients for distinguished service to its mission to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy.

Junior Achievement’s annual individual Hall of Fame Laureates for 2018 are Stan Connally and Rishy Studer. 

This year’s Laureates were selected on criteria including support of Junior Achievement’s mission, volunteering in the classroom, assistance with fundraising for the organization, dedication to improving the community, and distinguished community leadership that directly impacts young people.

Junior Achievement also chooses distinguished local businesses and honors them with annual leadership awards.

The 2018 Business Leadership Hall of Fame awards included:

• The Marshall Blaise Adams Give Back Award: Michelle Salzman
• Large Business of the Year: Republic Services
• Small Business of the Year: IMS ExpertServices
• Professional Business Partner of the Year: LandrumHR
• Community Partner of the Year: Seville Rotary
• Entrepreneurial Spirit 2018: DC Reeves and Perfect Plain Brewery
• Leadership Council Member of the Year: Alan Ritchie
• Volunteers of the Year: Darin Southard & Sara Wiggins

Junior Achievement’s Hall of Fame Laureates were honored on November 1st at its largest annual fundraiser which generates more than $60,000 in programming support. 

During the event, SunTrust pledged $10,000 to Junior Achievement for 2018-2019 K-12 financial literacy programming. 

A long-time supporter of Junior Achievement, SunTrust Regional President for the Florida Panhandle Bob Anderson said, “SunTrust is pleased to be able to support Junior Achievement here in Northwest Florida.  This is a great organization that shares our passion for financial literacy. We are most excited about how Junior Achievement will impact our community for years to come.”

Hall of Fame Laureates are chosen each year by a special committee which consists of members from the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers. Past Junior Achievement Laureates also provide input for consideration by the selection committee.

About Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida:

In the 2017-2018 school year, Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida reached over 4,300 students with financial literacy education in over 170 classrooms in 17 schools with the assistance of 85 volunteers from the Pensacola area business community. We thank our annual sponsors: LandrumHR, SunTrust, Regions, Gulf Power, Cat Country 98.7 & News Radio1620, Pensacola News Journal, Evergreen The Printing Company, Sheriff David Morgan, Beggs & Lane, Florida Department of Education, Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, State Farm Insurance, and Lewis & Belle Bear.

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