High School Student Turns Into JA Superstar

Chandler Zent first got involved with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Brown County in 2011 while at Notre Dame Academy, where he participated in the annual Business Challenge event. Laura Belter, an operations assistant for JA of Wisconsin Brown County, recounted how he went above and beyond for JA by volunteering both inside--and outside--the classroom.

Chandler participated in the Business Plan Challenge for three years. Because of his previous experience, he earned a fifth-place finish against extremely stiff competition at the 2013 Business Challenge event. But Chandler's love for JA didn't end when the competition did. It was actually just getting started.

Chandler then began helping the JA of Wisconsin Brown County office with tasks and odd jobs, including preparing 32 laptops for a Business Challenge event. He was ready and willing to do anything that was asked of him. In 2013, he taught in a classroom with his mother at two different elementary schools. At the first school, he was fortunate enough to have his younger brother Elliot in the class. When Elliot was asked how it was to have his older brother teaching JA to his class, he said he thought his brother was "cool" and that he liked it a lot. His proud smile said it all.

Chandler's teacher said her class thought it was special to have the duo and they love having a "high schooler" come to their class. Chandler also spent a year on JAB, Junior Advisory Board. The purpose of the board is to be JA of Wisconsin Brown County's liaison with students in the community. In addition to being an integral part of JAB, Chandler worked with JA as a volunteer and did trash clean-up at Lambeau Field during the Cellcom Marathon last spring.

"This young man has put in countless hours volunteering both inside and outside the classroom. His willingness and dependability, as well as his positive attitude, have been truly great assets to Junior Achievement. We wish him the best of luck at Michigan Tech," Laura concluded. "And we're really going to miss him."

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