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2013 JA National Student Leadership Summit

June 17 – June 20, 2013 in Washington D.C.



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This pinnacle event brings together 75 students from across the United States in our Nation’s capital for three days of high impact JA experiences. The Summit features the JA Company of the Year Competition, the FedEx Access Seminar, and an evaluation by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) executives on which company performed the best financially according to their annual report.

Participating students will be determined through a selection process that will identify 15 JA Company teams who will be invited to attend the event. The awards will be presented at the culminating Gala Awards Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The 2013 JA National Student Leadership Summit awards include:

JA Company of the Year – First, second, and third place
NYSE Best Financial Performance
Award FedEx Access Award

Expenses for the conference (meals, lodging, and activities) will be covered for participants and chaperones through the generosity of event sponsors.

Agenda Highlights Include

  • Networking and Welcome Dinner
  • Capitol Hill Showcase and JA Company of the Year Trade Fair – Popular Voting
  • JA Company of the Year Team Presentations – Before a Judging Panel
  • Gala Awards Dinner

Registration and Selection Timeline

  • 5/3 - Registration for the JA National Student Leadership Summit opens (Registration Fee: $70)
  • 5/13 - Registration closes
  • 5/14 – 5/17 - Review of submissions
  • 5/20 - Participants selected and announced
  • 6/17 – 6/20 - JA National Student Leadership Summit

For participant guidelines and criteria, and the selection process and timeline, please visit the JA Portal

JA Company of the Year Competition Overview

The goal of the JA Company of the Year Competition is to create a signature showcase for Junior Achievement and the high school students who benefit from the impact of the JA Company Program®. This annual celebration of success will allow young people to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment which will engage business, education and policy leaders as well as the national media.

At the event, students across the United States proudly present the results of their enterprise and learning experience, and appear before a panel of independent judges who determine company performance against the competition criteria. For a team to win this award, it is not sufficient just to run a financially successful JA Company or create an exciting product/service. Team members also must demonstrate an understanding of how and why the company performed as it did, and balance the business achievements of the team as a whole with each member’s individual personal development. Judges will look for evidence of innovation and application of new ideas in all aspects of their company operations.

Competition Stages

There are three stages to the competition:

  • Stage One: Finalist Selection (Written JA Company Report and Commercial Video)
  • Stage Two: Trade Fair booth display and popular voting
  • Stage Three: JA Company presentation before the judging panel

Please be advised booth displays and team presentations must be prepared prior to arriving at the event. The Summit schedule does not allow for team practice time. Teams should expect to be engaged in full-day competition activities for the duration of the Summit.

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