Saturday, January 18, 2021 – GTA Experience Center, Tamuning, Guam
After postponing this year’s Company Program competition three times, the Junior Achievement board agreed that “The show must go on!” and kicked off their first VIRTUAL JA Company Program.
The low turnout of high school students was anticipated but the end result of these students was nothing but absolutely spectacular! Eight student companies stepped up to the challenge to include a pair of companies from JFK High School, a Tiyan High School team and the remaining six were a mixture of public and private high schoolers. The mentorship companies were Title Guaranty of Guam, KUAM Pacific Telestations, LLC., Docomo Pacific, GTA, Bank of Guam, Bank of Hawaii, and Community First Guam.
The competition kicked off in September 2020 and concluded with the Awards Ceremony that took place last Saturday, January 16, as the announcement and was viewed LIVE on the Jr Achievement Guam Facebook page from the GTA Experience Center, Tamuning.
Kre8ability, sponsored by KUAM, won the 2020 JA Guam Company of the Year edging out Ginefsaga, sponsored by Title Guaranty of Guam by one point, while GTA’s Scribe finished in third place. The President of the Year was awarded to Padme Cassiopeia Madrigal of Kre8ability as Kiran Toh of Ginefsaga settled for the runner up post with Sherie Caulan of Tiyan High School’s Emporia in third. Ginefsaga took home Product of the Year and Best in Annual Report, Emporia notched top honors as the Best Commercial while Docomo Pacific’s Masi was named Best in Show. Vice President of Finance of the Year went to Mark Wang of Ginefsaga; VP Marketing of the Year was awarded to Matua Salas from Scribe; and VP Production went to Hanna Daleno of Origins: Fanohge.
The 2020 JA Guam Company of The Year and runner up will represent Guam at the JA Asia Pacific’s annual celebration of the achievements of young entrepreneurs in the region. The Program and Competition helps young people understand the role of business in the global economy by allowing students to organize and operate an actual business enterprise, and market and sell a product in the real world.
We greatly appreciate all of the community support we receive especially from the GCC DECA Marketing program, Bank of Hawaii, GEDA and Bank of Guam, SBDC, Triple J Enterprises, United and GTA.
“Navigating through the first virtual JA Guam Company Program, our students and their mentors proved that with proper guidance, we are all capable of completing the task at hand, whether virtually or in-person. We believe that the program, through our mentors, provided our students with the understanding to help them grow, whether in the field of business, entrepreneurship or as a supplement towards their future aspirations. Congratulations to all our program members!” states Board Chairman: Joey Miranda III.