Junior Achievement Students Aim High For the Future

JAStudentsHelmets Seventh grade Junior Achievement students tried helmets on for size.

Joshua Cedillo, a seventh grade student at Benbrook Middle School, has known he wanted to be a pilot since he was seven years old and his grandfather took him to a local air base to watch planes fly. On April 15, Joshua was one of 230 middle school students who visited the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Fort Worth, Texas, for Junior Achievement in a Day.

Junior Achievement, a nonprofit organization that educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics, is one of the many organizations Lockheed Martin proudly sponsors to engage the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) leaders.

Typically, volunteers visit local schools once a week for five weeks to teach students how to succeed in the business world and emphasize opportunities in the STEM field. During Junior Achievement in a Day, more than 200 Lockheed Martin volunteers gave their time and energy to complete the entire Junior Achievement school curriculum during the course of five hours.

The students spent the day rotating among activity stations to learn about the different aspects they will need to consider when deciding on a future career. Volunteers shared the importance of having a strong, personal brand and helped students created their own logos. Many of the activities focused on what types of careers exist in STEM fields and how rewarding they can be. In addition, the students toured the F-35 production line at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility.

“Junior Achievement has been an incredible opportunity to connect Lockheed Martin and other community employees with students. These volunteers bridge the gap between what students are learning in school and how that information is used in corporate America,” said Bobbi Wendorff, Lockheed Martin engineer. “Every semester, I volunteer with this organization and it humbles me to see students making connections they never realized in the past.”

JAGroup Joshua Cedillo is pictured here with Orlando Carvalho, Aeronautics Executive Vice President; Therese Harkowa, Benbrook Middle School teacher; Bobbi Wendorff, Lockheed Martin engineer; General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force; J.D. McFarlan, F-35 Flight Test & Verification vice president, and Randal Mays, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail president, at the Junior Achievement event.
BottleRockets Students got to experiment with physics first hand as they built and tested bottle rockets.
LMVolunteers Lockheed Martin volunteers guided students through activities.

The students also had the opportunity to hear from Aeronautics Executive Vice President Orlando Carvalho and General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, who was in Fort Worth for a separate visit. He encouraged students to pursue their dreams relentlessly and to consider careers that would make a difference in the world, like those in the military and STEM. Watch his brief address.

Joshua Cedillo, who is involved in Benbrook Middle School’s Junior Cadet Corps, which focuses on leadership development and educating students about military services, spoke to Gen. Welsh after the presentation. He said Gen. Welsh’s address inspired him to work hard to achieve his goals in the future. Joshua said he loved his visit to Lockheed Martin for Junior Achievement in a Day and that he doesn’t just want to be a pilot – he wants to be an F-35 pilot.