Five MHS Students to Compete at National Leadership Summit in Washington


Watch and "like" their student-made video on YouTube to help them win!
Five Methacton High School students have been selected to attend the 2012 Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as Junior Achievement (JA) students representing the Delaware Valley. The students, Wes Kearney, Jake Roese, Jacob Wolfman and John Zelli, will spend five days (July 30-August 3) in the nation’s capitol, meeting and competing with other JA students from across the United States. 

Local students from Delaware Valley make up the team “USB-Me”, which is one of only 15 teams invited to attend the event after months of rigorous work in the JA Company Progra. “USB-Me” created wristbands with USB drives attached and donated a portion of their profits to The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at St. Joseph’s University.


In the JA Company Program, students start a real business and create and market products under the mentorship of volunteers from the local business community. Students from “USB-Me” are sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation employees who volunteer their time to coach the students on how to operate a business in a worldwide economy.

“This program has been a wonderful opportunity for students to learn hands-on how a business operates,” said Gerry Fasano, President of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-Defense. “I am very proud of our team and I wish them the best of luck at the National JA Company of the Year event.”

At the JA National Student Leadership Summit, students will take part in two tracks of activity. The student teams will participate in the JA Company of the Year Competition, in which teams must create a commercial about their student company, make a presentation to a judging panel and compete in a trade fair on Capitol Hill.

“My JA company colleagues and I are thrilled to represent Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley at the national finals,” said John Zelli, President of “USB-Me.” “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. 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.  Most of the other activities will take place on the campus of George Washington University, including informal social events.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide. Visit
www.ja.org for more information.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.
For more information, go to www.lockheedmartin.com.


Read about the team's previous accomplishment in competition this past spring!


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