Junior Achievement of Vermillion is proud to announce that Chon Sommervold, Sanford Clinic Vermillion, and Ric Rasmussen, Rasmussen Motors, are serving as co-chairs for 2007-2008. Dr. Roger Kozak is the board secretary. Five new board members were recently elected, including Cylas Hall, Vermillion Wal-Mart; John Hemmingstad, Small Business Development Center; Jerry Johnson; Layne Stewart, Clay County Emergency Management; and Alexis Tracy, Union County State's Attorney Office.
Other members serving on the board include Dr. Mark Froke, Vermillion School District; Chris Girard, Headstart; Kari Jensen, Jolley Elementary School; Dr. Cindy Johnson Brown, Prairie Eye Clinic; Art Mabry, City of Vermillion; Farron Pratt, First Dakota National Bank; and Dr. Mel Ustad, SD Department of Tourism and State Development. The Junior Achievement of Vermillion board was established in 2004.
Eighteen Vermillion JA volunteers entered 16 classrooms during the 2006-07 school year. These volunteers served as role models and taught over 290 students about local, regional, national and global business and economics.
About Junior Achievement: JA Worldwide is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and entrepreneurship. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA Worldwide provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. JA Worldwide offers educational programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepre- neurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development. Today, 139 offices reach 4 million students in the United States, with more than 2.6 million students served by operations in 97 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org.