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Excelsior High Gets Funds for Entrepreneurship Development

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMKeisha Hill

Excelsior High School is still in celebration mode as their student company, 'Kreole Harvest' was recently named the Junior Achievement Company of the Year for 2016.

This is after one-year of developing their business and selling products to their school and its environs, which consisted of smoothies, vegetable cakes, fruit cakes, vegetable wraps and potted plants.

Excelsior High emerged the winner following reviews of the businesses from the thirty-six schools who participated in the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) programme.

President of Junior Achievement (JA) Jamaica, Alphie Mullings-Aiken, explained that the selection of this year's winner was a very difficult task.

"Each of the schools had to submit several business reports, which were assessed by a panel of judges from several private sector companies," Mullings-Aiken said.

"The companies were not only judged based on the product they developed, but on the precision of their business operations, financial reporting, marketing strategy and human resource management," she added.

Mullings-Aiken added that the students participated in an advertisement production competition and a social media competition throughout the year. The points from these competitions contributed to determining the top company.

President of 'Kreole Harvest', Donae Lindsay explained that the company was developed with a mission of endorsing healthy lifestyle.

"We want the nation to become more health-conscious. Additionally, we want to show persons that it is possible to grow their own produce and eat it," she said.

Lindsay, who was still overwhelmed with joy, expressed great surprise on winning the sixth edition of the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Award.

"We did not expect it at all. It is just surreal. In fact, we not only got the top award but also received the awards for having the best production, marketing and finance departments," she said.

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In addition to bragging rights and a year of exceptional exposure, Junior Achievement and its sponsors awarded a cheque of $500,000 to Excelsior High. Fifty-thousand of this amount will go directly to the staff advisor who assisted the students with the development and running of their company.

The remainder will go towards the development of student entrepreneurship in the school and scholarships and bursaries for the outstanding student entrepreneurs who participated in the programme.

'Fimi Tings' of St Jago High and 'Bishango Enterprise' of Charlemont High placed second and third respectively in this year's competition.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com