Caitlin Godwin and Haley Wood from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School were among the winners announced recently during the annual Junior Achievement luncheon for its essay contest.
The luncheon was held at the Bonefish Grill in Panama City.
Godwin submitted the winning essay in the high school division and Wood was awarded third place.
Each student received a medallion, gift cards from Target and Walmart and U.S. savings bonds ($100 for Godwin and $50 for Wood) provided by the Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union.
Carol Cathey, who serves as the JA classroom volunteer in Port St. Joe, was also on hand.
What I learned in Junior Achievement
By Caitlin Godwin
In my Junior Achievement class we learned many skills that are extremely applicable to everyday life. The most important to me, however, was the timeline of life goals we created. My timeline consisted of graduating high school, attending college, getting married, buying a home, having children and retirement. To correspond with each goal, we set a budget. A certain dollar amount was predicted for college tuition, a wedding, a home, each child and a sizeable savings account come retirement time. It really helped me to put the true expenses of things into perspective. Prior to this class, I had never realized the actual expenditures of life, so this exercise really helped me to set feasible goals.
What I Learned in Junior Achievement
By Haley Wood
The most important thing I learned from Junior Achievement was how to properly save and spend money. Learning the importance of these practices are essential and will be very helpful in the future. Having the opportunity to learn these skills will put me a step ahead when it comes to doing this on my own.
Saving money, spending money wisely, balancing a checkbook and learning about banking and loans are all things I will need to know. These are good, yet, common skills that will always be put into play. There is a need in this day and time to know how to do these things, but no class in the present curriculum teaches this principles. Junior Achievement was a great addition to my junior year, allowing me to learn the skills necessary for the future.