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The President of Junior Achievement Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana has been honored with a prestigious national award.

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July 22, 2019

The President of Junior Achievement Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana has been honored with a

prestigious national award.

Paula Dawson was the 2019 recipient of the Junior Achievement Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award at the Junior Achievement USA® National Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 18.The award is given to first-time JA presidents who have demonstrated outstanding contributions and achievements to the organization.  The Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award is named after Karl Flemke, the President of Junior Achievement Inc. from 1982 until his death in 1994. 

“Winning this award is a tremendous honor, but it really represents the hard work of the staff and board of directors of Junior Achievement Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana,” said Dawson. “Our volunteers and educators are the backbone to this amazing organization.  Together, we served over 16,500 students in 18/19 empowering young people to own their future economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic choices.”

Jack E. Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, noted, “The competition for this coveted award is intense as it identifies the up and coming leadership of the organization.  Having personally reviewed Paula’s many accomplishments, I can attest to the fact that she is the perfect choice for this award.”

Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana saw a 16% increase this year in student reach of traditional programs into both existing and brand new territories as a result of expanding fundraising efforts.  

Additionally, JA Baton Rouge and Acadiana was awarded the Five Star award for the second year in a row.  The award recognizes staff and boards of Junior Achievement Areas that meet national standards in operational efficiency and strong representation of the brand.  “These Five Star Award winners represent the best operations Junior Achievement has to offer,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “They set the standard by which Junior Achievement’s success is measured at the local level. Their commitment and dedication to young people is reflected in their achieving this honor.”