18 Under 18 Highlight: Joe Ross

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In our Junior Achievement 18 Under 18 recipients series, we’re next highlighting Joss Ross. Joe has been a part of the junior Achievement family for years and we are so proud to see him continue on to a bright future. Read on the hear why he was selected as an inaugural Junior Achievement 18 Under 18!

Joe Ross, Graduated in 2018 from Corona Del Sol High School, Tempe 18 years old

As someone who has aspirations to work on Capitol Hill one day, Joe already is building roots in public service.

“I’ve always been very interested in politics and government,” Joe said. “I feel that young people getting involved is how our country gets better as a whole.”Among the groups benefitting from Joe’s volunteer and leadership, efforts are Tempe Sister Cities Junior Achievement’s Young Ambassadors, National Honor Society, We the People, Corona del Sol’s German Club and Key Club. He has used his entrepreneurial skills to create successful fundraisers for several nonprofits. Joe has already earned 50 college credits and will attend the University of Arizona this fall.

What do you want to be doing in 10 years? In 10 years I want to be out of school and I want to be willing to change. I want to be an attorney.

Who’s your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration right now is Senator John McCain. He was a prisoner of war and was held for months and months. He refused to be treated specially, and now through his life choices, he’s a successful politician. He shows that if you keep your morals straight that success is still possible.

What’s the best advice you’ve received? You have to keep everything in perspective. I’m surrounded by

many smart and talented kids. I need to remind myself that they’re brilliant and smart, and I have good qualities as well, and I shouldn’t be discouraged by other people’s successes.