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Lemont’s “Inkspot” again wins Chicagoland Junior Achievement competition


"Inkspot" was named Chicago's Junior Achievement "Company of the Year" for the third time in four years in 2012. Its officer team includes (L-R): Keaton Wall, Charmaine Balisalisa, Naem Mufarreh, Lainey Saucedo, Sarah Lillwitz and Alexandra Ziogas.

Under the leadership of junior and company president Keaton Wall, “Inkspot” - Lemont High School’s student-run magazine - was named Chicagoland’s Junior Achievement “Company of the Year” at an area competition on Tuesday, May 1, at the Marriott Chicago-O’Hare. This marks the second straight year, and the third time in four years, that “Inkspot” has won top honors at the competition. Seniors Naem Mufarreh and sophomores Lainey Saucedo and Alexandra Ziogas all earned individual honors for their work at the event.

"Inkspot" Web site

Mufarreh, Saucedo and Ziogas all won “Officer of the Year” accolades for their roles in “Inkspot.” Mufarreh was named “Finance Vice President of the Year,” while Saucedo was tabbed the “Public Relations Vice President of the Year” and Ziogas earned “Human Resources Vice President of the Year” accolades. All took part in individual interviews, and were chosen from the many students across the area taking part in Junior Achievement programs.

The officer team - which included Mufarreh, Saucedo, Wall, Ziogas, senior Charmaine Balisalisa (Vice President of Production) and sophomore Sarah Lillwitz (Vice President of Marketing) - represented “Inkspot” at the competition. The group presented the magazine as well as a movie, a newly designed Web site and its business plan, which included tactics for producing the magazine and selling advertising. The students answered questions from Chief Executive Officers and entrepreneurs from the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana area about the company and its product.

“Inkspot” is a magazine written, produced and marketed by Lemont High School students, and is fully funded through advertising. This year’s staff committed to upholding its environmental, economic and philanthropic responsibilities, while also satisfying the demands of today’s readers and reaching a global audience through modern technology, including social media. ‘(Sub)urban Sense’ - this year’s magazine - is accessible online at www.lhsinkspot.com.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students from kindergarten through 12th grade about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepare students for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create more jobs that make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Volunteers from the community deliver the Junior Achievement curriculum while sharing experiences with students.

Junior Achievement of Chicago

“Inkspot” is run like a business, with students forming a board that is in charge of creating the product (in Lemont High School’s case, a magazine), selling stock in the company, marketing the product, and, hopefully, reaping a dividend for its shareholders. A number of faculty advise the “Inkspot” staff, including John Aspel, Sean Clark, Brittany Glowa, Sharon Jacobs, Phil Lazzari and Patty Melei.

For more information, contact Lemont High School Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.

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