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Junior Achievement of Arizona (JAAZ) has recognized three students and eight other Valley residents and corporations for their accomplishments and contributions to education. Honors were given based on merit, leadership ability and commitment to financial literacy education and JAAZ.  They were recognized at the organization’s annual board of directors meeting and awards ceremony.  


The three student recipients were Valley residents Clarissa Graham, Christian Cura and Nyle James, who were all honored with scholarships.


The Steven G. Mihaylo Scholarshipwas given toClarissa Graham, a former student of McClintock High School in Tempe. Graham currently attends Arizona State University where she is majoring in supply chain management.


Christian Cura, a graduate of Sunrise Mountain High School in Glendale also earned a Steven G. Mihaylo Scholarship for his exceptional academic report. Cura plans to attend Tulane University and major in business and finance.


The Guy W. Lunt Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Nyle James, a previous award recipient and student at the University of Arizona. James is currently majoring in chemical engineering.


“Every year we are amazed by the quality of students that apply for our scholarships,” said Joyce Richards, president of JAAZ. “We are proud to announce that we have once again found some of the best students and recognized them for their efforts.”


To qualify for the scholarships, participants must have submitted ACT/SAT scores and have provided high school GPA, and high school class rank. Students must have also completed a JA program during their high school years, be a United States citizen and attend an Arizona University to be considered.  


Also honored at the annual meeting and awards ceremony were eight Valley educators, volunteers and corporations.


"The dedication and commitment shown by our outstanding educators, volunteers and partners is making a real difference in our ability to better serve the students in our community," said Richards.


The other recipients include:

K-12 Volunteer of the Year recipient Julie ScanioExperiential Educator of the Year recipient Theresa NiesenK-12 Educator of the Year recipient Rob LangeChampion for Students recipient American ExpressChampion for Students  recipient of Bank of AmericaRising Star recipient of AmTrust BankSummit Award for Exceptional Partnership recipient Toyota Financial ServicesOutstanding Leadership recipient Craig Jacob of DeVry


 About Junior Achievement of Arizona

Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which believes that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy.


Serving Arizona’s youth since 1957, JA prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to become self-sufficient, how to create jobs which make their communities robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.


Junior Achievement of Arizona reached nearly 98,000 students during the 2012-2013 school year.  


For more information on Junior Achievement or ways to get involved, please call 480-377-8500 or visit

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