Congratulations to recent CCHS grad Rabeka Saouma '20, who was one of only two students to receive a $10,000 Junior Achievement (JA) Scholarship through Junior Achievement of Northern New England.
This important organization, which partners with institutions such as Central Catholic, empowers young people to succeed in the global economy by preparing them academically with critical life skills in personal finance, career readiness and entrepreneurship to help them become well-rounded adults.
The $10,000 scholarship will be used toward Rabeka’s expenses during her first year at Babson College (MA), where she will major in accounting.
Rabeka participated in the Company Program through JA during her junior year at Central Catholic, in addition to participating in the program at Northern Essex Community College during her sophomore and senior years.
Through this program, students learn the ups and downs of starting, managing, and ultimately liquidating an actual business venture. This real-world, 13-week business competition had students borrow an actual loan from a bank, establish a company, conceptualize a product, hopefully make a profit - and then ultimately close the business.
“I was very shy my first year doing the Junior Achievement Company Program at CCHS, because I was not a great public speaker, especially around the board members, and was shy around new people. However, the mentors, who were there to help me and my teammates, helped me grow out of my comfort zone by teaching me how to pitch our product to other people. I quickly learned that it was easy, and I grew to enjoy speaking in front of large crowds.”
Rabeka thrived in her business courses at CCHS with the support of her dedicated faculty members.
“Through Central Catholic’s business courses, I have grown very passionate and confident to pursue a career in business,” said Rabeka. “In particular, my accounting teacher Mr. Chuck Adamapolous (Coach A) taught me that when you want to achieve something you work hard for it and never give up. I strongly believe that CCHS also taught me to never give up on my goals and that networking is important, because I learn from people with experience in the real world.”
“Central not only prepared me for college, but also for the real world and my business career that I plan to pursue in the fall at Babson College (MA). I came in as a shy freshman, but now, thanks to central, I have grown out of my comfort zone and take any available opportunity that comes my way, especially if it relates to business. I hope that one day I can help others achieve their dreams just like central helped me reach my goals.”
Junior Achievement of Northern New England is led by an alumnus of CCHS, Mr. Radhames Nova '93, who serves at the the President and CEO at Junior Achievement and also serves on the CCHS Board of Directors.
"Thank you to Central Catholic for 'opening your doors' to JA," states Radhames, "We are hoping many more CCHS students will benefit from what JA has to offer."
In addition to participating in the Company Program through JA, Central Catholic students also participate in the annual JA Stem Symposium.
Thank you to Junior Achievement of Northern New England, JA President and CEO Radhames Nova '93, and JA's generous supporters for making these opportunities possible!