Exemplary Resume Earned by High School Student

Imagine a JA volunteer entering a second-grade classroom in an effort to spark the students? ambition to become leaders. Eleven years ago, that is exactly what happened at Ballentine Elementary School in South Carolina. To this day, the work of that anonymous volunteer continues to enhance children?s knowledge of real-world economic experiences, because at least one of those second graders remains steadfast in his dedication to volunteering. Casey Pash, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina <http://bit.ly/1JZtpBV> , shared this inspiring story."Junior Achievement is so important to today?s students because it teaches us skills that aren?t necessarily taught in school," stated Alden Brinkley, a JA alumnus and volunteer. "It teaches business skills and ethics that are crucial when running a company or working for someone else."Now a senior at Dutch Fork High School, Alden?s professional r?sum? has a new line for his most recent success: on April 9, 2015, Alden was recognized by the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame <http://bit.ly/1LOvqjq> for his 10 years of dedicated work with JA, earning him a $500 scholarship toward college.Alden became a first-time JA student in the second grade. For the 10 years since then he has been a JA student ambassador. This title is typically earned by 10?15 students a year and requires them to share their experiences with business and community leaders at the annual South Carolina Business Hall of Fame banquet. Alden has been sharing his JA volunteering experiences with crowds of up to 500 business leaders since the age of eight.[Alden Brinkley, a senior in high school, began teaching his first Junior Achievement courses this school year. Photography by Robert Clark, courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan. ]While Alden enjoyed being a JA student, his passion resides with inspiring and preparing the next generation of young people to prosper in a global economy."I prefer being a teacher and interacting with the students," said Alden. "This preference is driven by being able to see the light ?click on? in the students? heads after they understand something or being excited about learning something new. This makes the entire experience worth it and really leaves a mark on you. It?s priceless."

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