2017

  Back row from left: Isaac Frumkin, Matthew Evenson, Cara Schultz, Competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Emilia Majersik, and Mike Grimes. Front row from left: Fariha Bablu, Zoree Jones, grand prize winner Riya Ashby, Amanda Liu, and Emily Stein. 

Back row from left: Isaac Frumkin, Matthew Evenson, Cara Schultz, Competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Emilia Majersik, and Mike Grimes. Front row from left: Fariha Bablu, Zoree Jones, grand prize winner Riya Ashby, Amanda Liu, and Emily Stein. 

 

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"Several great entrepreneurs, including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, dropped out of college before getting their degrees. How important do you think a college education is to your future success?"

Riya Ashby
11th Grade
Albert Einstein High School
Kensington, Maryland

Grand Prize Winner

 

District of Columbia winners

 

1st Place
Cara Schultz
11th Grade
The Field School
Washington, DC

2nd Place                             
Emilia Majersik
12th Grade
Woodrow Wilson High School
Washington, DC

3rd Place
Isaac Frumkin
12th Grade
Woodrow Wilson High School
Washington, DC

School Winner
Benjamin Banneker High School
Washington, DC

Maryland Winners

1st Place   
Matthew Evenson
12th Grade  
Clarksburg High School
Clarksburg, MD     

2nd Place
Amanda Liu
10th Grade   
Montgomery Blair High School
Silver Spring, MD
           

3rd Place
Emily Stein

12th Grade
Winston Churchill High School
Potomac, MD

School Winner
Paint Branch High School
Burtonsville, MD

1st Place
Zoree Jones
10th Grade
Patriot High School
Nokesville, VA

2nd Place
Mike Grimes
12th Grade
The Potomac School
McLean, VA

Virginia Winners

 

3rd Place
Fariha Bablu
12th Grade
Washington-Lee High School
Arlington, VA

School Winner
Woodgrove High School
Purcellville, VA

 

2016

  Back row from left: Josephine   Brané-Wright, John Merlo-Coyne, Kurien Thomas, Mazzen Shalaby, Samuel Norman, and Roslyn Hall-Wurst. Front row from left: Emma Reese, grand prize winner, Summer Oh,   C  ompetition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Matea Bebic, Tyler Johnson,   and JA President & CEO Ed Grenier. 

Back row from left: Josephine Brané-Wright, John Merlo-Coyne, Kurien Thomas, Mazzen Shalaby, Samuel Norman, and Roslyn Hall-Wurst. Front row from left: Emma Reese, grand prize winner, Summer Oh, Competition sponsor David M. Rubenstein, Matea Bebic, Tyler Johnson, and JA President & CEO Ed Grenier. 

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“George Washington or Dr. Dre: Who would you consider a greater entrepreneur and why?"

Grand Prize Winner

Summer Oh
12th Grade
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

district of columbia winners

1st Place
Matea Bebic
11th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School
Washington, DC

2nd Place
Emma Reese
10th Grade
School Without Walls
Senior High School
Washington, DC

3rd Place
Tyler Johnson
11th Grade
Benjamin Banneker High School
Washington, DC

School Award
Benjamin Banneker High School
Washington, DC

maryland winners

1st Place
John Merlo-Coyne
12th Grade
Montgomery Blair High School
Silver Spring, MD

2nd Place
Josephine Brané-Wright
11th Grade
Montgomery Blair High School
Silver Spring, MD

3rd Place
Samuel Norman
11th Grade
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

School Award
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, MD

virginia winners

1st Place
Mazzen Shalaby
12th Grade
North Stafford High School
Stafford, VA

2nd Place
Kurien Thomas

12th Grade
Robinson Secondary School
Fairfax, VA

3rd Place
Roslyn Hall-Wurst
9th Grade
Loudoun Valley High School
Purcellville, VA

School Award
Loudoun Valley High School
Purcellville, VA


2015

  Back row from left: C  ompetition 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