Beachwood JA Named Company of the Year

April 30, 2015 – Beachwood High School's Marketing/Junior Achievement class was named the Great Cleveland Junior Achievement Company of the Year at the JA Career Symposium held April 30 at Cleveland Public Hall. The JA competition included a public trade show, commercial, and judged presentation. Beachwood JA advances to the JA National Student Leadership Summit held June 21-25 in Washington, D.C.

The class earned this distinction for its 100 Leaves company, a public art project that celebrates the City of Beachwood’s centennial in 2015. 100 Leaves is the culmination of a year-long effort of the Beachwood High School Marketing/Junior Achievement class, a group of 24 Excel TECC high school seniors coming from Beachwood, Brush, Mayfield, and Solon. These tenacious students sold 37 six-foot-tall fiberglass beech leaves to businesses and organizations throughout Northeast Ohio.

Area artists were selected to design and create the leaves. Several Excel TECC Studio Art & Design students were artists as well. Some of the sponsoring businesses include American Greetings, Cleveland Clinic, Legacy Village, Aleris, Beachwood Place, Eton, DDR, and Benesch Attorneys at Law. A complete list and photos of the designs are available at

Additionally, 45 nine-foot beech trees were purchased by businesses as part of the 100 Leaves Project and will be planted on Beachwood school grounds during the summer of 2015. The City of Beachwood was originally named "Beechwood" after the grove of beech trees that occupied the land. The misspelling is attributed to a clerical error. Today, less than 10 beech trees remain in Beachwood.
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