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Valley High School Students Compete at JA Stock Market Challenge

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and more than 400 high schools students from nearly 20 Arizona schools will come together for Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Sixth Annual Student Stock Market Challenge, in which teams compete to see who can grow their mock-stock portfolio and create the highest net worth. The event will be held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Mayor Stanton will sound the closing bell at the event and congratulate the winning team.
Students have been preparing for the Challenge the past two months by participating in lessons designed to help them grasp the concepts they’ll need in stock trading, led by Junior Achievement (JA) volunteer instructors and our partner teachers. The JA Student Stock Market Challenge gives students a chance to practice those skills in a fun and dynamic environment. Particularly pertinent is that lessons learned during the Challenge are the focus of reflection exercises that will help today’s youth make smart financial choices as adults.

“Bestowing financial knowledge into high school students is crucial for our economic future,” said Joyce Richards, president of Junior Achievement of Arizona.  “Through the Stock Market Challenge and other JA programs, students are learning lessons on which to build effective personal financial habits for life.”

The Sixth Annual Stock Market Challenge is sponsored by: The Charles Schwab Foundation, Title and TruWest Credit Union, Champion of Hope.
For more information, visit www.jaaz.org.

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Resolute Commercial Services’ Foster Named JA Board Chair

Jeremiah Foster, principal and founder of Resolute Commercial Services, has been named board chair for Junior Achievement of Arizona.  As board chair, he will oversee the 48-member board of directors and lead the organization’s governance and policy strategies.

In addition to his involvement with JA, Foster, a Scottsdale resident, is active in the community through his involvement with Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board, Arizona Town Hall, Urban Land Institute, Turnaround Management Association and Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO).
Foster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Arizona.

Other members of the executive board include Karen Czack of American Express as board treasurer and Alan Augustine of PricewaterhouseCoopers as board secretary.  Newly elected to serve on the board are Tina Beatty, Sam’s Club; Ed Capasso, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.; Ravi Kichloo, AVNET; Charles Lala, Allstate Insurance Company; Susan Menchaca, MidFirst Private Bank;  and Travis Smith, Moss Adams LLP.

About Junior Achievement of Arizona
Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which believes that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy.

Serving Arizona’s youth since 1957, JA prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to become self sufficient, how to create jobs which make their communities robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

Junior Achievement of Arizona reached 92,000 students during the 2011-2012 school year and plans to reach 95,000 students in 2012-2013.

For more information on Junior Achievement or ways to get involved, call 480-377-8500 or visit www.jaaz.org.