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7/26/2012 Houston-- 5 Junior Achievement (JA) of Southeast Texas students have been invited to The JA Company of the Year national championships at the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The students will spend five days, July 30 – August 3, in the nation’s capital, meeting and competing with other students from across the United States.

Local students are representing the Chinese Community Center which is one of only 15 teams invited to attend the event after months of rigorous competition in the JA Company Program®. The local students attending the event will showcase their products including designed t-shirts, origami Chinese knot, hand-made scarves, oriental fans and friendship bracelets.

In the JA Company Program, students start a real business, and create and market products under the mentorship of a volunteer from the local business community. At the JA Company of the Year competition, presented by FedEx and NYSE, teams must make a commercial about their student company, make a presentation to a judging panel and compete in a trade fair on Capitol Hill.

Amanda Lin, JA Company President said, “My JA company colleagues and I are thrilled to represent Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas at the national finals. We look forward to meeting other JA students from all over the country and learning from them during the competition.”

Students attending the “Summit” will also participate in the JA Social Innovation Intensive presented by AT&T. Through a series of hands-on workshops, students learn teamwork and leadership skills while developing feasible business solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.

Collectively, these activities result in awards in five categories, given at the culminating Gala Awards Dinner at the US Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags. Much of the days’ other activities will take place on the campus of George Washington University, including informal social events.