Award-Winning App

Teen entrepreneurs from Canyon Crest Academy recently took home the national title of 2015 Junior Achievement (JA) Company of the Year. The competition that led to the award was The Next Big Thing: Entrepreneurs Showcase. The CCA team was selected from among 15 student companies representing Junior Achievement across the country at their National Student Leadership Summit. In addition to winning the national title, their San Diego teens representing the student company in Washington, D.C. were awarded a JA Company of the Year Scholarship from The Hartford, a leader in property and casualty insurance. The scholarships were awarded to five students on each of the top three finishing teams. Each member of the CCA team received a $4,000 scholarship.

The CCA team produced a smart phone app called CCA Today that is meant to connect a school campus by updating students with news, programs, and events. To develop their product and company they, along with the 700 other start-up companies, put their team together during the 2014-15 year and were mentored by a local business volunteer. “I have watched these students throughout the year as they started and grew their business. They truly demonstrate how fostering entrepreneurship can help spur economic growth through innovation and job creation,” said Tanya Johnson, Senior Education Manager at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. The winning CCA team was made up of CEO Rachel Gorgas, Kinni Fux in marketing, CMO Hannah Bush, and CFO Lorenzo Patino.