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The Best and The Brightest of 2023

They’ve started businesses and nonprofits, broken glass ceilings, and created products for the physical space and cyberspace. Meet the Junior Achievement 2023 JA 18 Under 18 recipients. These Arizonans distinguish themselves with their creativity, passion, and drive.

What unites the Class of 2023 is their almost singular ability to find inspiration and motivation from hardship. Whether it was a passion for helping others, a creative idea, or the recognition that they were unlike those around them; the Class of 2023 has used their ingenuity, generosity, and entrepreneurial spirit to make a difference in Arizona and beyond.

Learn a bit about them below, and don’t be surprised if you feel a little inspired yourself.

Meet the 2023 JA 18 Under 18 Recipients

Molly Budhiraja

Age 16 | Junior
BASIS Peoria
Glendale

MOLLY'S STORY

Sanya Somani

Age 17 | Junior
Phoenix Country
Day School
Scottsdale

SANYA'S STORY

Daniel Jung

Age 16 | Junior
Pusch Ridge
Christian Academy
Oro Valley

DANIEL'S STORY

Jennifer Vo

Age 17 | Senior
BASIS Chandler
Gilbert

JENNIFER'S STORY

Saba Shakir

Age 17 | Senior
Hamilton High School
Chandler

SABA'S STORY

Georgia Bukata

Age 16 | Junior
BASIS Scottsdale
Scottsdale

GEORGIA'S STORY

Ronak Bhatia

Age 16 | Junior
Perry High School
Chandler

RONAK'S STORY

Zack Okun

Age 17 | Senior
Desert Mountain
High School
Scottsdale

ZACK'S STORY

Alexis Li

Age 16 | Junior
Hamilton High School
Gilbert

ALEXIS' STORY

Damian Carrizosa

Age 16 | Junior
Gilbert High School
Gilbert

DAMIAN'S STORY

Nathaniel George

Age 16 | Junior
Brophy College Preparatory
Phoenix

NATHANIEL'S STORY

Sandeep Sethuraman

Age 15 | Junior
BASIS Chandler
Chandler

SANDEEP'S STORY

Lily Messing

Age 17 | Junior
The Gregory School
Tucson

LILY'S STORY

Harper Hipps

Age 17 | Junior
Xavier College Preparatory
Phoenix

HARPER'S STORY

Nikhil Johnson

Age 17 | Senior
North High School
Laveen

NIKHIL'S STORY

Sthuthi Das

Age 18 | Senior
Hamilton High School
Chandler

STHUTHI'S STORY

Abigail Pearson

Age 16 | Junior
Xavier College Preparatory
Phoenix

ABIGAIL'S STORY

Isabella Serrano

Age 18 | Senior
Queen Creek
High School
Queen Creek

ISABELLA'S STORY

VIEW OUR 2023 CEREMONY VIDEO

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Terry and Darren Hurst Foundation

Carolyn Scott

Take a closer look – view the 2023 ceremony program.

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