TAHS Junior Achievement Students Launch Fall Businesses

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Photos Courtesy of Cummins McNitt

TAHS senior Jake Greene (left) models the grey quarter zip sweatshirt and senior Luke Brooks (right) models the black hooded sweatshirt.

Tyrone Area High School seniors in Mr. Cummins McNitt’s economics class opened their student-run businesses in September with a new line of fall apparel.

These businesses are a part of Tyrone’s Junior Achievement program.  JA is a national program that empowers high school students to fill a need in their community while teaching practical skills required to conceptualize and manage their own business ventures.

“JA is a great program that receives a lot of support from our school and community,” said McNitt.

JA is a great program that receives a lot of support from our school and community”

— Social Studies teacher Cummins McNitt

In the class, students create their own companies, collaborate with each other, make real-world business decisions, communicate with customers and suppliers, deal with costs and revenue, and develop entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. Volunteers and mentors from the community also provide guidance and share their experiences with the student-led startups.

Tyrone’s 2021 JA fall collection consists of a black hoodie with a student-designed logo and a grey, quarter zip pullover.

“Our quarter zips are classy and comfortable. They feature an embroidery patch designed entirely by TAHS student KK Brodzina,” said senior Ellie Oakes.

The individual classes sell each of their products separately and include all sizes, from youth small to 3XL.

The hoodies also are made with a thicker concentration of material.

“The hoodies are designed thicker than regular hoodies making it good for winter,” said senior Rylee Walk.

Prices vary depending on size. The black hoodies are only available in adult sizes.  Prices and availability are as follows:

Small, $35, 16 Remaining
Medium, $35, 16 remaining
Large, $35, 21 remaining
X-Large, $35, 5 remaining
2XLarge, $37, none left, to get one of this size place an order now for future delivery.
3XLarge, $38, none left, to get one of this size place an order now for future delivery.

The grey quarter zips are available in the following sizes and prices:

Small, $33, 9 remaining
Medium, $33, 20 remaining
Large, $33, 31 remaining
X-Large, $33, none left, to get one of this size place an order now for future delivery.
2X-Large, $35, none left, to get one of this size place an order now for future delivery.
3X-Large, $36, none left, to get one of this size place an order now for future delivery.

Youth sizes and prices for the quarter zips are:

Small, $35
Medium, $35
Large, $35
X-Large, $35

Items can be purchased from any senior enrolled in the class.

Members of the public and TASD staff can email Mr. McNitt ([email protected]) to purchase an item.  When ordering, TASD employees should provide their building and room number. Staff can pay when the student makes the delivery, or through interoffice mail. Checks are payable to TASD, and in the memo line write the ID (JA-A or JA-B) for the corresponding business.