An estimate of $40,000 dollars were raised for Junior Achievement in Dubois County for their Business Hall of Fame event early this morning. The goal for this event was to bring around 400 attendees but they announced they surpassed their expected goal with 450 participants. The 2016 Dubois County Business Hall of Fame Laureates recognized at the event were Clement M. Lange and Alvin C. Ruxer.
The Junior Achievement that serves the Dubois County area has dedicated to offer over 160 programs with the success of reaching over 4,200 students.
With Junior Achievement’s core values to Educate, Enlighten, and Empower Northeast Dubois High School student Cayden Knies merged his experience with those values as he addressed the audience with his winning essay. Knies is the winning recipient of the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame 2016 Junior Achievement Scholarship for $1,000.
In order to have been eligible for this scholarship students who applied must have participated in Junior Achievements in their classroom. Northeast Dubois High School students in the past have participated in the Junior Achievement Personal Finance program during their economics class. Knies expressed his appreciation for Andy Seger who became a mentor as he helped Knies strategies his own business plan. Knies declared that with the tools he has gained in Junior Achievements he plans to utilize the three pillar values of the organization to create his career’s foundation.
Along with Knies other Junior Achievement students present at the event were volunteering with event tasks. Forest Park 8th grade students, Emma Hassfurther and Abby Hauser, shared the influence Junior Achievement has on their academics and how it’s shaping their personal growth.
Hassfurther states she aims to venture towards finance with the potential to be a financial manager or to educate others on finances and Hauser would like to become an engineer. Both Forest Park 8th grader added that their experience should be shared with their peers to help each other succeed.
Co-Founder of Best Home Furnishings,Clement Lange, stated he was made aware that the Junior Achievement students have been doing a great job in their participation with the program. Lange received a standing ovation as he took the podium to provide a speech for the award he received. Lange shares the company has gained valuable workmanship over the years and that he is grateful.
Lange also stated that he simply wants to thank all who have worked for the company for working as long as they have and he is amazed with their dedication. During the event short videos were shown that captured the business and work ethics both Clement Lange and Alvin Ruxer contributed to the community.