Junior Achievement brings volunteers from the business community into classrooms to teach kids topics they need to be successful, how to determine their dream career, and the steps they need to achieve it. In Yankton, JA is taught in grades 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and High School. These lessons ensure our students are prepared to become the future leaders of South Dakota.

JA bridges the gap between the classroom and workplace through community role models who offer students real-life experiences through activities and hands-on learning. Our volunteers are equipped with the necessary tools and materials to teach students about finances, leadership, future employment, and ethical decisions before stepping out into the real-world.

On behalf of the Junior Achievement Yankton board, we would like to thank our 2019-20 volunteers for dedicating their time into teaching our students the important skills they need to succeed.

The 2019-20 Junior Achievement Volunteers are: Cassandra Haas, Brenda Wiedmeier, Lori Miller, Betsy Thomas, Anna Bakley, Kyle Anderson, Bob Willcockson, Steve Pietila, Renee Hejna, Kim Kuchta, Julie Moderegger, Karl Aanning, Ashli Danilko, Nikki Doherty, Evie Potts, Deb Specht, Thomas Schroeder, Rachelle Moore, Krystal Stulgies, Sherry Hunhoff, JJ Hejna, Tom Petersen, Jodi Smith, Lindsay Flannery, Julz Tesch, Kevin Haselhorst, Todd Woods, Dawn Newman, Karen Byrkeland, Carolyn Becker, Kathy Quinlivan, Jane Pugh, Serenity Larson, Randy Lien, Dave Gillies, Susie Frick, Shelly Eilers, and Steve Knight.

The Yankton board would also like to recognize the companies who participated in the 2020 Bowl-a-Thon fundraising event held on Friday, Jan. 31. The event brought in over $3,000 which will go to support JA programs during the 2020-21 school year.

The 2020 Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon Sponsors: Applied Engineering, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Conkling Distributing, First Dakota National Bank, First National Bank of Omaha, Great Western Bank, Riverfront Broadcasting, Sertoma Club, and Yankton Medical Center.

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