Tourtellotte Memorial High School Senior Gives Keynote at Junior Achievement Breakfast
Senior Sophia Prouty is First Ever Thompson Student to Speak at Event
HARTFORD – When she first participated in Junior Achievement in the fourth grade, Sophia Prouty never imagined she would be speaking in front of a room full of Connecticut business leaders. On Friday, Prouty did just that, relating her Junior Achievement experience in her keynote address at the Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut annual fundraising breakfast.
“When I was a fourth grader, Mrs. Tupaj would always encourage me and I wanted to be one of the high school mentors when I was older,” said Prouty, a member of Tourtellotte Memorial High School’s Class of 2017. “Now, as a senior in high school, it’s my turn to teach the next general of Junior Achievement leaders.”
Prouty was selected to deliver the keynote address based on her time in the Junior Achievement program, in which she participated in corporate field trips. Networking, and student mentoring programs. She plans on attending Nichols College in the fall to study marketing and communications. She credits this decision to her teachers and the opportunities she’s had along the way in the Thompson school district, especially through the district’s Junior Achievement program.
“If it weren’t for the opportunities at my elementary, middle, and high schools, I’m not sure I would have discovered a love of business that I want to follow through on,” Prouty said.
Tourtellotte Memorial High School is a public secondary school serving 251 students in 9th through 12th grade. Located in the town of North Grosvenordale, CT it is part of the Thompson School District. Tourtellotte Memorial High School is led by Principal Megan Baker and her dedicated team of educators, administrators and staff – each dedicated to ensuring that Tourtellotte remains a small school with big opportunities.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide.