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Westview, Harmonium Student-Run Companies Advance to the National JA Company Program Competition

June 20, 2012

Two winning companies of Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties’ Company Program Competition will compete in the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. this summer. The students will spend five days, July 30 to Aug. 3, at George Washington University meeting and competing with other students from across the United States for the national title: JA Company of the Year.

Two companies, Place~Mate and Cast-A-Waste, excelled at Junior Achievement of San Diego’s local competition on May 24, 2012. Taking the first place, Westview High School’s Place~Mate showcased their laminated and customizable place mats that help preschoolers learn shapes, letters and numbers. Cast-A-Waste from Harmonium introduced its unique worm casting creations used to enhance the soil and took home the third place.

Yearly, Junior Achievement of San Diego aims to send one company to the national competition. This year, Junior Achievement USA invited two companies to compete with 13 others.

At the JA National Student Leadership Summit, presented by FedEx and NYSE, teams will make a commercial about their student company, a presentation to a judging panel and will compete in a trade fair on Capitol Hill. Companies will also participate in the “JA Social Innovation Intensive” presented by AT&T.  Through a series of hands-on workshops, students will learn teamwork and leadership skills while developing feasible business solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.

Collectively, these activities will result in the awards in five categories, given at the culminating Gala Awards Dinner at the US Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags.  Much of the days’ other activities will take place on the campus of George Washington University, including informal social events.

To learn more about the competition and JA Company Program, please visit Junior Achievement of San Diego’s official website


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES has worked locally to reach 46,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2011-2012 school year, which takes 5,500 volunteers who lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT USA® is the world's largest 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 for more information.