Starks honored by Junior Archievement

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Junior Achievement Honors Max Starks

as the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
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Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania honored Steelers tackle Max Starks with the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. The event featured a number of Pittsburgh's business and community leaders, and fellow JA Alumni, who will joined JA in celebrating Max's achievements on and off the football field.

JA President, Dennis Gilfoyle
presented the award to Max. In addition, Bill Hillgrove, the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers, served as emcee of the event.

Each year Junior Achievement selects a distinguished alumnus/alumna who has been inspired by the JA model to become a successful adult and who is passionate about JA's purpose—to educate and inspire students to value the important concepts of entrepreneurship, work-force readiness, and financial literacy.

Previous honorees include Dr. Graham Spanier, Rick Santorum, Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, Patrice King Brown, Linda Dickerson, Evan Frazier, and Father Kris Stubna. Junior Achievement is proud to add Max Starks to this fine group of individuals from within the Pittsburgh community.
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About Junior Achievement **
Junior Achievement is the world's largest and fastest-growing non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free enterprise. Through age-appropriate curricula, JA programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. JA programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for additional key economic and workforce issues they will face in the future. Today JA reaches more than 71,000 students in western PA through some 3,000 local volunteers. Junior Achievement reaches over four million students through 150 offices nationwide and another two million students in 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://jawesternpa.org

For photos by Michele Rosenthal click on Junior Achievement and go to Events.

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