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Meet Junior Achievement's Student Leader of the Year

Last month, more than 500 NYC and Long Island business leaders and professionals came together to celebrate the 2010 Junior Achievement (JA) New York Leadership Awards Gala. The Junior Achievement Student Leader of the Yearannual celebration recognizes ordinary individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of JA New York’s mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. This year's Student Leader of the Year honoree is Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers' senior, Samuel Arijeloye.

Samuel Arijeloye, is a JA New York Student. He has participated in several JA programs, including the prestigious Student Ambassador youth leadership development program, the Business Plan Competition, High School Heroes, JA Company program and the Job Shadow program. He has also represented and/or spoken on behalf of JA New York in local media opportunities and at numerous events. He exudes confidence, a passion for business, enterprise and public service and a strong desire to succeed in school and in life – all the qualities of a Student Leader of the Year honoree. Samuel attributes motivation and inspiration of his drive to succeed to his relationship and involvement with Junior Achievement.

“I believe with discipline and determination, anyone can be an effective leader. Junior Achievement worked with me to develop my natural abilities and skills to become the leader I am today. From the very first moment that I walked through the doors of Junior Achievement, I was challenged to live up to my full potential. I’ve carried my Junior Achievement experience over to my every day life. I began taking school more seriously. I began seeing the connection between my Junior Achievement experience, my school performance and my future. I quickly realized that the harder I worked the more I can achieve!
Currently in his final year of high school, Samuel dreams of attending business school next year, with the goal of pursuing a career in the field of business and finance.

Photo: Samuel celebrates his award with his teacher Jared Vitolo and his family (photograph by Robert Falck).

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