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Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky Receives Top National Honor



Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky (JA) announced that Monica Duvall has been chosen from among tens of thousands of U.S. volunteers as one of ten recipients of the organization’s most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award. Junior Achievement’s Gold Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence, presented in recognition of leadership in supporting and expanding JA’s student impact, resources, operational excellence and sustainability. The Gold Leadership Award honors the recipient’s JA volunteer service during the 2020-21 school year.

“Our local business community’s support of JA is critical to achieving our mission: to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy,” said Allie Sharp, President of Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky. “Monica Duvall, Director of Student Success at the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University, is a remarkable example of that spirit of dedication and service to others. In a very real way, she helps South Central Kentucky’s JA students get the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.”

For the past eleven years Monica has dedicated time to serving on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky. She has served in a variety of leadership roles including Events Chair, Secretary, Board Development Chair, and Board Chair. Monica has been a committed volunteer and has continuously given of her time, talent, and treasure throughout the last decade.

“I am more than honored to receive this prestigious award from Junior Achievement,” said Duvall. “When I was appointed to serve on the JA Board many years ago, I never dreamed how passionate I would become about the organization and the important work they do for the youth in our community. Volunteering in the classroom and getting to know the students while we work through the lessons that will benefit them in ways they don’t even realize is the absolute best!”

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