Our first Junior Achievement "Rising Star of the Week" is Deborah Mendez.

She is the president of her junior class at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School.  Deborah co-hosted the "Watch a Rising Star" event with Brian Mudd last month. 

Deborah tells us that was a great experience for her.

"I actually already compete in public speaking and that was the largest crowd I have ever done so it was cool.  I liked it."

Deborah says Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast has helped her learn leadership skills.  She wants to go into business law.  

She is the president of her own student JA company, J-Bandz, selling handmade head bands.

We're putting the call out to parents and teachers to nominate a student to be a Junior Achievement "Rising Star".  Each week, we'll feature a student on-air and online.

This is open to all kids, from Kindergarten to 12th grade, who have taken or are currently taking a JA class

You can nominate through JA's website, Click Here, or call 561-242-9468. 

We also want to put the call out to business professionals in the area who have as few as five to ten hours total to volunteer in the classrooms. 

Newsradio 1290 WJNO and Wild 95.5 appreciate your help on this new project with JA of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast and hopefully it gives you a good feeling that you're helping a young up and coming business owner or entrepreneur. 

Photo courtesy of Deborah Mendez