Irondequoit students named JA Challenge finalists

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A team of Junior Achievement students from Irondequoit High School were selected as finalists in the 2021 JA Social Innovation Challenge.

The national competition has high school students submit their ideas for improving and making an impact on their communities. Student teams with the top ideas are eligible to participate in a virtual workshop experience, during which Chick-fil-A innovation experts and entrepreneurs provide guidance and resources for transforming their ideas into reality.

Cooper Branch, Lauren Day, Lauren Gangarossa and Tyler Murray developed their idea, called “Eco-Drain,’ as part of the JA entrepreneurial program led by business education teacher Louis DiCesare.

“Social enterprises that utilize entrepreneurial thinking are playing a bigger role in addressing societal challenges,” said Patricia Leva, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York. “We are proud of these students for demonstrating the type of innovative thinking that resulted in their participation in this national challenge. We are also grateful to Chick-fil-A nationally and to the Max and Marian Charitable Farash Foundation locally for their support of our entrepreneurial programming.”