Junior Achievement Guam Announces Company Program Winners

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Hagatna, Guam – Junior Achievement of Guam announced today that the Company Program® has concluded. JA Company Program provides basic economic education for high school students. 

By organizing and operating an actual business enterprise, students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn about the structure of the U.S. free enterprise system and the benefits it provides. JA Company Program helps young people appreciate and better understand the role of business in our society.

An awards ceremony recognizing this year’s students’ accomplishment was held at the Hotel Nikko in Tumon, Guam on Saturday, January 11. The following awards were presented:

• Company of the Year – ROOTS, sponsored by Tan Holdings Corp.
2nd place – BECOME, sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank.
• President of the Year – Josephine McDonald, Roots, sponsored by Tan Holdings Corp.
• Achiever of the Year – Breanna Tainatongo, Hafa Adai Co., sponsored by Hotel Nikko
• VP of the Year, Finance – Sierra Reyes, Limitless, sponsored by Aviation Concepts Inc.
• VP of the Year, Human Resources – Ha’ani Mesa, Apex, sponsored by Applebee’s
• VP of the Year, Production – Eurich Patacsil, Become, sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank
• VP of the Year, Marketing – Ana Bordallo, Become, sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank
• Highest Return on Investment – Hafa Adai Co., sponsored by Hotel Nikko
• Product of the Year – Create, sponsored by Community First Credit Union
• Best In Show – Become, sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank
• Best Commercial Video – Snaps, sponsored by Triple J
• Annual Report of the Year – Roots, sponsored by Tan Holdings Corp.

Beth Lizama, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Guam, said, “ROOTS will represent JA Guam at the JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year competition in Singapore in February. This annual celebration of success allows young people from this region to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment which will engage business, education and regional leaders as well as the media. On behalf of the JA Board, thank you to our company sponsors, students, parents and UNITED and our corporate donors who helped make this program successful.”

Junior Achievement of Guam is a non-profit organization that has served more than 5,000 students since 1976.