There is a feeling of both excitement and anxiety in the air as Turks & Caicos Junior Achievers move toward the close-out of the JA TCI Company Program.
February 5th, will mark the Final Competition and Awards Ceremony for the program, slated for Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa, beginning at 10am.
With a maximum permitted time of 10 minutes, each group will make a powerful presentation to a panel of judges.
They will then navigate a judges’ interview session of up to 10 minutes where the panel will pose questions based on the reports and the allocution provided by each group.
For the past five months, these teens have worked arduously to build their companies, create signature products, promote their offerings, and attend to the details of bookkeeping and reporting, shareholder engagements, financial reporting, and now, the formal dissolution and final summaries of those companies.
The past few weeks have presented a challenge to the groups with in-person company meetings impossible while at-home learning was the necessary order of the day. Still, the groups have persevered and overcome those hurdles, ensuring they made use of the outlets available to them to continue making strides.
In just under two weeks, the JA TCI Company Program will come to a close with Achievers currently making preparations to deliver final requirements to the organization’s Board of Directors and a judging panel who will evaluate the companies’ operations and hear from the Achievers themselves on the final day.
Throughout the course of the Company Program, JA TCI ensures Achievers are given all the necessary tools to tackle the tasks at hand as proficiently as possible.
Awards for Most Outstanding JA Company will be bestowed on the top three companies, with other categories – Most Profitable Company, Social Media Award, Most Innovative Product/Service – also being awarded.
The Achievers, sponsors, mentors, and friends of the program will be treated to a wonderful evening of camaraderie as they celebrate their hard work and accomplishments over the past five months.
Director of JA TCI, Angela Musgrove, shared “The close out of the Company Program is often bittersweet for us - it is an exciting time, but we are always a bit sad to see it end. The beauty of Junior Achievement, though, is that once you are a part of the program, you are always a part of the JA family. We are exceptionally proud of these Achievers and the work they have done, and we are eager to see them present and to celebrate their accomplishments with them on February 5th.”
Musgrove says the Junior Achievement Board of Directors continues to extend thanks to the sponsors of the JA Company Program and hopes to have them all on board again.
This year the program was honoured to have COMO Parrot Cay, Building Materials Ltd/Do it Center, Beaches Resort Villages & Spa, Projetech Construction Management, TCI Financial Services Commission, Grace Bay Car Rentals, The Strand, and FLOW TCI as sponsors to students from Raymond Gardiner High School, Edward Gartland Youth Centre, Louise Garland Thomas High School, Clement Howell High School, Maranatha Academy High School, Wesley Methodist High School, and Marjorie Basden High School.