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“Inkspot” spotlighted in meeting with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliv


Representatives of Lemont High School's Junior Achievement company - "Inkspot" - were invited to meet with Bulgarian President Rosen Plenleniv. Pictured (from left) are: Sean Clark, Keaton Wall, Plevleniv, Naem Mufarreh and Patty Melei.

“Inkspot” - Lemont High School’s student-run magazine - was named Chicagoland’s Junior Achievement “Company of the Year” for the third time in four years earlier this month. That award prompted an even greater honor for two Lemont students, however, as senior Naem Mufarreh and junior Keaton Wall presented “Inkspot” to Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliv during an event on Saturday, May 19, at Michigan Plaza in downtown Chicago.

Wall and Mufarreh - who serve as “Inkspot’s” President and Finance Vice President, respectively - were invited to meet with Plevneliv, a strong supporter of the Junior Achievement program in the Republic of Bulgaria. Chicago boasts one of the most active Junior Achievement programs in the United States, and Plevneliv and his advisors met with students representing the best programs from area high schools, including Lemont, Highland Park, Leyden and Sandburg.

Plevneliv, who became Bulgaria’s president in January 2012, was making his first trip to the United States, and was in Chicago for the NATO Summit. Chicago has the largest population of Bulgarians in a city abroad.

Mufarreh and Wall were accompanied to the event by English teacher Sean Clark and Writing Center Director Patty Melei, who both serve as advisors to “Inkspot.”

“Inkspot” was named Chicagoland’s Junior Achievement “Company of the Year” at an area competition on 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. Mufarreh (Finance Vice President of the Year) and sophomores Lainey Saucedo (Public Relations Vice President of the Year) and Alexandra Ziogas (Human Resources Vice President of the Year) all earned individual honors for their work at the event.

“Inkspot’s” officer team includes Mufarreh, Saucedo, Wall, Ziogas, senior Charmaine Balisalisa (Vice President of Production) and sophomore Sarah Lillwitz (Vice President of Marketing). “Inkspot” is a magazine written, produced and marketed by Lemont High School students, and is fully funded through advertising.

"Inkspot" Web site

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 prepare students for the real world by showing them how to generate and effectively manage wealth, how to create jobs that make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Community volunteers deliver the Junior Achievement curriculum and share experiences with students.

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“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 Clark, Melei, John Aspel, Brittany Glowa, Sharon Jacobs and Phil Lazzari.

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

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