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Local Junior Achievement team wins national award

Teen entrepreneurs who created the student-run start-up CCA Today at Junior Achievement of San Diego County were named the 2015 JA Company of the Year by Junior Achievement USA.

The local team was selected among 15 competing student companies representing Junior Achievement operations from across the country at JA’s National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS).

The San Diego students representing Canyon Crest Academy High School in Carmel Valley created a school app for smart phones to inform students of activities and events on school campus.

It serves as a campus-wide application designed to enlighten students with information about events, schedules, news and more. The team hopes the new technology will encourage students to feel a part of their school and improve their experience at Canyon Crest Academy High.

The San Diego teens were also awarded a JA Company of the Year Scholarship from The Hartford. The scholarships were awarded to five students on each of the top three finishing teams. Each member of the team will receive a $4,000 scholarship.

The local team also took home the Social Media Award for creating a solution to address a local, national or global social concern.

“I have watched these students throughout the year as they started and grew their business,” said Tanya Johnson, senior education manager at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. “They truly demonstrate how fostering entrepreneurship can help spur economic growth through innovation and job creation.”

The annual Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition is a contest of business skills, ingenuity and innovation that focuses on the accomplishments of the U.S. JA Company Program.

Nearly 13,000 U.S. students, ages 15-19, created 700 start-up companies during the 2014-2015 school year.

The Junior Achievement Company Program gives teens the skills to start and run their own businesses under the mentorship of a local business volunteer.

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