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Adjo Evonlah

Age: 18

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Meet Adjo...

Adjo is the 2x reigning Local Gold medalist for the NAACP’s ACT-SO Oratory Competition, and the first-place winner of the CBS Baltimore annual Black History Month Oratory Competition. She is the first African-American Councilmember for a Day in Montgomery County, MD where she helped pass a law against youth vaping.

In addition, Adjo was very involved in the creation and execution of Pouchful, a product of the Junior Achievement Company Program of Greater Washington, which tasked students with creating and running a startup over the course of a school year. Adjo became CEO, where she oversaw the Finance, Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Leadership departments. The company sells stylish, insulated, reusable, eco-friendly lunch bags. As with most entrepreneurs, they sought to solve a problem with their product. In this case, it was the paper and plastic waste in the school systems. Pouchful donates 10% of their proceeds to the Environmental Defense Fund. The brand used its youth as a unique selling proposition and made use of the social enterprise title by giving back to the community and cleaning up a local park. They advocate for endangered species and drew attention to the implications of the Australian Wildfires.

Adjo was also 1st place winner of the Carl T. Rowan Chapter Blacks in Government Oratory Competition and one of 100 Dreamers in the Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2019. Handpicked by the Steve Harvey Radio Network and ESSENCE Magazine, she spent an all-expense-paid weekend in Disney World learning how to follow her dreams, which also resulted in an internship with ESSENCE Magazine and propelled her into a successful journalism career.

 

Additionally, she's experienced entrepreneurial success, being recognized nationally as the Rising Star Award recipient of the i.Invest National Youth Business Competition, the National Silver Medalist of the NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), and internationally as the 2nd place winner of Seton Hall University's Pirate Pitch Competition. She's currently a Business Major on a full-tuition scholarship!

 

Above all, Adjo gives all glory to God and claims that this is only the beginning.

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