2015

Back row from left: Competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Anene Uwanamodo, Marie Hatch, Zachary Stevenson, Seyi Anifowose (standing in for Ifedamola Anifowose) and JA President & CEO Ed Grenier. Front row from left: Renee Beck, Natalie Pargas, grand prize winner Xiu Chen, Emma Reese, and Ayibatari Owei. Not pictured: David Fischer.

Back row from left: Competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Anene Uwanamodo, Marie Hatch, Zachary Stevenson, Seyi Anifowose (standing in for Ifedamola Anifowose) and JA President & CEO Ed Grenier. Front row from left: Renee Beck, Natalie Pargas, grand prize winner Xiu Chen, Emma Reese, and Ayibatari Owei. Not pictured: David Fischer.

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“What does the American Dream mean to you and is it
still thriving in Greater Washington?

Xiu Chen
12th Grade
School Without Walls High School
Washington, DC

Grand Prize Winner

District of Columbia winners

3rd Place
Emma Reese
9th Grade
School Without Walls High School
Washington, DC

School Award
School Without Walls
Washington, DC

1st Place
Natalie Pargas
9th Grade
BASIS DC Public Charter School
Washington, DC

2nd Place
Ifedamola Anifowose
11th Grade
Phelps Architecture, Construction
and Engineering High School
Washington, DC

Maryland Winners

1st Place
Anene Uwanamodo
11th Grade
Wheaton High School
Silver Spring, MD

2nd Place
Marie Hatch
12th Grade
Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD

3rd Place
Ayibatari Owei
11th Grade
Paint Branch High School
Burtonsville, MD

School Award
Paint Branch High School
Burtonsville, MD

Virginia Winners

1st Place
Zachary Stevenson
10th Grade
Loudoun Valley High School
Purcellville, VA

2nd Place
Renee Beck

12th Grade
Washington-Lee High School
Arlington, VA

3rd Place
David Fischer
12th Grade
Woodgrove High School
Purcellville, VA

School Award
Woodgrove High School
Purcellville, VA


2014

Back row from left: Nicholas Zolnerowich, Arijeet Sensharma, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, JA President & CEO Ed Grenier, Eli Kane, and Douglas Andre. Front row from left: Rebecca Davis, Jeanne Hathway, grand prize winner Dylan Culfogienis, Natalia Jamro, and Johanna Siegel. Not pictured: Nathan Ausubel.

Back row from left: Nicholas Zolnerowich, Arijeet Sensharma, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, JA President & CEO Ed Grenier, Eli Kane, and Douglas Andre. Front row from left: Rebecca Davis, Jeanne Hathway, grand prize winner Dylan Culfogienis, Natalia Jamro, and Johanna Siegel. Not pictured: Nathan Ausubel.

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"Should young Americans be required to spend at least one year in public service or is such a requirement an unnecessary government intrusion?"

Grand Prize Winner

Dylan T. Culfogienis
11th Grade
Woodgrove High School
Purcellville, VA

District of Columbia Winners

1st Place
Johanna L. Siegel
11th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

2nd Place
Jeanne M. Hathway
11th Grade
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

3rd Place
Nathan J. Ausubel
12th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

School Award
School Without Walls
Senior High School

Maryland Winners

1st Place
Nicholas N. Zolnerowich
12th Grade
Sherwood High School
Sandy Spring, MD

2nd Place
Eli M. Kane
12th Grade
Walter Johnson High School
Bethesda, MD

3rd Place
Natalia Jamro
12th Grade
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Bethesda, MD

School Award
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

Virginia Winners

1st Place
Arijeet Sensharma
12th Grade
George Mason High School
Falls Church, VA

2nd Place
Rebecca A. Davis
11th Grade
George Mason High School
Falls Church, VA

3rd Place
Douglas Andre
11th Grade
Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA    

School Award
Woodgrove High School
Purcellville, VA


2013

Back row from left: Jonathan Rasch, Zubair Khan, Lucas Lin, JA President & CEO Ed Grenier, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Robert Young, David Proakis, and Jack Baker. Front row from left: Aditi Subramaniam, grand prize winner Mimi Robinson, and Isabella Boland. Not pictured: Chase Ammon.

Back row from left: Jonathan Rasch, Zubair Khan, Lucas Lin, JA President & CEO Ed Grenier, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Robert Young, David Proakis, and Jack Baker. Front row from left: Aditi Subramaniam, grand prize winner Mimi Robinson, and Isabella Boland. Not pictured: Chase Ammon.

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Which will do more to improve life in the United States over the next decade, business entrepreneurs or social entrepreneurs? Why?

Grand Prize Winner

Mimi Robinson
12th Grade
Highland School
Warrenton, VA

District of Columbia Winners

1st Place
David Proakis
12th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

2nd Place
Chase Ammon
12th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

3rd Place
Isabella Boland
12th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

School Award
Benjamin Banneker
Academic High School

Maryland Winners

1st Place
Jonathan Rasch
11th Grade
Walt Whitman
High School
Bethesda, MD

2nd Place
Zubair Khan
11th Grade
Richard Montgomery High School
Silver Spring, MD

3rd Place
Aditi Subramaniam
11th Grade
Montgomery Blair High School
Germantown, MD

School Award
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

Virginia Winners

1st Place
Robert Young
12th Grade
Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA

2nd Place
Jack Baker
12th Grade
James W. Robinson Secondary School
Fairfax, VA

3rd Place
Lucas Lin
11th Grade
Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA

School Award
Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA


2012

From left: JA President & CEO Ed Grenier, grand prize winner Daniela Hernandez-Fujigaki, Sepehr Zomorodi, Aras Scimemi, Isabel Hendrix-Jenkins, Caitlin Paul, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Austin Wright, Nicole Obongo, Seamus Kirkpatrick, and Isabel Berg. Not pictured: Katie Thomas-Canfield.

From left: JA President & CEO Ed Grenier, grand prize winner Daniela Hernandez-Fujigaki, Sepehr Zomorodi, Aras Scimemi, Isabel Hendrix-Jenkins, Caitlin Paul, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Austin Wright, Nicole Obongo, Seamus Kirkpatrick, and Isabel Berg. Not pictured: Katie Thomas-Canfield.

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How Can the Country Readily and Realistically Tackle Growing Income Disparity?

Grand Prize Winner

Daniela Hernandez-Fujigaki
10th Grade
Clarksburg High School
Clarksburg, MD

District of Columbia Winners

1st Place
Isabel B. Berg
10th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

2nd Place
Katherine P. Thomas-Canfield
12th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

3rd Place
John Seamus Kirkpatrick
11th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

School Award
School Without Walls
Senior High School

Maryland Winners

1st Place
Aras Scimemi
11th Grade
Walt Whitman
High School
Bethesda, MD

2nd Place
Isabel E. Hendrix-Jenkins
11th Grade
Montgomery Blair
High School
Silver Spring, MD

3rd Place
Nicole M. Obongo
11th Grade
Northwest High School
Germantown, MD

School Award
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

Virginia Winners

1st Place
Sepehr Zomorodi
12th Grade
Oakton High School
Vienna, VA

2nd Place
Caitlin R. Paul
11th Grade
Freedom High School
South Riding, VA

3rd Place
Austin B. Wright
10th Grade
Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA

School Award
Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA


2011

From left: JA President & CEO Ed Grenier, grand prize winner Fiona V. Lam, Matt G. Ashley, Sayo E. McCowin, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Azeezat A. Adeleke, Raquel M. Reed, Enoch O. Ajayi, Sam R. Pearl-Schwartz, Sergio A. Ribeiro, and Marvin D. Millner. Not pictured: David Zhang.

From left: JA President & CEO Ed Grenier, grand prize winner Fiona V. Lam, Matt G. Ashley, Sayo E. McCowin, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Azeezat A. Adeleke, Raquel M. Reed, Enoch O. Ajayi, Sam R. Pearl-Schwartz, Sergio A. Ribeiro, and Marvin D. Millner. Not pictured: David Zhang.

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How can young entrepreneurs and the local governments of DC, Maryland, and Virginia work together to empower the next generation to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Greater Washington?

Grand Prize Winner

Fiona V. Lam
11th Grade
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

District of Columbia Winners

1st Place
Marvin D. Millner
12th Grade
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School - Capitol Hill

2nd Place
Raquel M. Reed
12th Grade
McKinley Technology
High School

3rd Place
Enoch O. Ajayi
12th Grade
McKinley Technology High School

School Award
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Maryland Winners

1st Place
David Zhang
11th Grade
Richard Montgomery
High School
Rockville, MD

2nd Place
Azeezat A. Adeleke
11th Grade
North Point High School
Waldorf, MD

3rd Place
Sam R. Pearl-Schwartz
11th Grade
Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD

School Award
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

Virginia Winners

1st Place
Sergio A. Ribeiro
11th Grade
Fauquier High School
Warrenton, VA

2nd Place
Sayo E. McCowin
12th Grade
Washington-Lee High School
Arlington, VA

3rd Place
Matt G. Ashley
11th Grade
Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA

School Award
Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA


2010

From left: grand prize winner Jacob S. Rasch, Stacey L. Zhou, Adam M. Middleton, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Catherine S. Zucker, Gabriela D. Garcia, Jingran Wang, Nina J. Lu, Thomas W. Temesgen, and Lydia M. Evans.

From left: grand prize winner Jacob S. Rasch, Stacey L. Zhou, Adam M. Middleton, competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Catherine S. Zucker, Gabriela D. Garcia, Jingran Wang, Nina J. Lu, Thomas W. Temesgen, and Lydia M. Evans.

What can the Greater Washington business community learn from today's high school students?

Grand Prize Winner

Jacob S. Rasch
Walt Whitman High School
11th Grade
Bethesda, MD

District of Columbia Winners

1st Place
Adam M. Middleton
12th Grade
Benjamin Banneker
Academic High School

2nd Place
Thomas W. Temesgen
12th Grade
Benjamin Banneker
Academic High School

3rd Place
Lydia M. Evans
12th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School

School Award
Benjamin Banneker
Academic High School

Maryland Winners

1st Place
Jacob S. Rasch
11th Grade
Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD

2nd Place
Nina J. Lu
11th Grade
Montgomery Blair
High School
Silver Spring, MD

3rd Place
Jingran Wang
12th Grade
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

School Award
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

Virginia Winners

1st Place
Catherine S. Zucker
12th Grade
Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA

2nd Place
Stacey L. Zhou
11th Grade
Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA

3rd Place
Gabriela D. Garcia
11th Grade
James Madison High School
Vienna, VA

School Award
Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA


2009

Front row from left: Junior Achievement President & CEO Ed Grenier, Maya I. Krishnan, Caroline B. Sherrard, first place winner Scott S. Yu, Mica L. Moore, and competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein. Middle row: Steven J. Goldberg, Jane E. Kessner, and Madeline M. Alpert. Back row: Luke M. Smith, Wilbur E. Shirley, and Katrina L. Hauprich.

Front row from left: Junior Achievement President & CEO Ed Grenier, Maya I. Krishnan, Caroline B. Sherrard, first place winner Scott S. Yu, Mica L. Moore, and competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein. Middle row: Steven J. Goldberg, Jane E. Kessner, and Madeline M. Alpert. Back row: Luke M. Smith, Wilbur E. Shirley, and Katrina L. Hauprich.

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How can Greater Washington Companies Responsibly and Effectively Deal with the Economic Challenges Facing the United States?

First Place Winner

Scott S. Yu
12th Grade
Montgomery Blair High School
Silver Spring, MD

Runner-Up Winners

Madeline M. Alpert
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade
Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD

Steven J. Goldberg
Runner-Up Winner
10th Grade
Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD

Katrina L. Hauprich
Runner-Up Winner
11th Grade
Paint Branch High School
Burtonsville, MD

Jane E. Kessner
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade
Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD

Maya I. Krishnan
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

 

Mica L. Moore
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade
Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA

Caroline B. Sherrard
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade
Walt Whitman High School
Bethesda, MD

Wilbur E. Shirley
Runner-Up Winner
11th Grade
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

Luke M. Smith
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade
Thomas S. Wootton High School
Rockville, MD

School Awards

District of Columbia
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Maryland
Paint Branch High School
Burtonsville, MD

Virginia
Stone Bridge High School
Ashburn, VA


2008

Mr. David Rubenstein with the Junior Achievement Essay Competition winners. From left: Oriana Bughi, Donald Borenstein, Jeff Rappaport, Dave Ramish, Elena Perry, Nicolás Lulli, Mr. David Rubenstein, Marielena Faria, Sophie van Bastelaer, Kevin Chai, and Justin Wolin.

Mr. David Rubenstein with the Junior Achievement Essay Competition winners. From left: Oriana Bughi, Donald Borenstein, Jeff Rappaport, Dave Ramish, Elena Perry, Nicolás Lulli, Mr. David Rubenstein, Marielena Faria, Sophie van Bastelaer, Kevin Chai, and Justin Wolin.

Greater Washington – Why it's the Best Region to Build and Grow a Business.

First Place Winner

Justin Wolin
10th Grade 
Richard Montgomery High School 
Rockville, MD

Runner-Up Winners

Donald Borenstein
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade 
Walter Johnson High School 
Bethesda, MD

Oriana Bughi
Runner-Up Winner
11th Grade 
Robinson Secondary School 
Fairfax, VA

Kevin Chai
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade 
Richard Montgomery
High School 
Rockville, MD

Marielena Faria
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade 
Lake Braddock
Secondary School 
Burke, VA

Nicolás Lulli
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade 
The Heights School 
Potomac, MD

Elena Perry
Runner-Up Winner
11th Grade 
Richard Montgomery High School 
Rockville, MD

Dave Ramish
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade 
Thomas Jefferson High School for
Science and Technology 
Alexandria, VA

Jeff Rappaport
Runner-Up Winner
12th Grade 
Richard Montgomery High School 
Rockville, MD

Sophie van Bastelaer
Runner-Up Winner
9th Grade 
Walt Whitman High School 
Bethesda, MD