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Cardinal O’Hara teacher, Gary Gross, honored by Junior Achievement


Junior Achievement of Western New York will honor Gary Gross, a long time teacher at Cardinal O’Hara High School, as an Education Champion for his commitment and dedication to Junior Achievement.  

Cardinal O’Hara’s Gary Gross is honored by Junior Achievement of Western New York.

The virtual “Junior Achievement Inspiring Tomorrows” centennial gala on Oct. 29, will celebrate Junior Achievement’s 100th anniversary and present awards to educators from across Erie and Niagara counties for their long-lasting relationships with Junior Achievement.

A total of 50 organizations, businesses, foundations and individuals who were instrumental in Junior Achievement’s success and growth will also be honored.

Gross has taught Junior Achievement in his economics class at Cardinal O’Hara for 30 years.  

“Last year and again this year, we are hampered by COVID 19 although I hope we will be doing our outreach to elementary schools by spring,” Gross said.

A Junior Achievement representative presents a seminar to seniors and then Gross selects groups of three or four students who visit public and private schools in North Tonawanda, Tonawanda and Ken-Ton, four times for each class. The students present the Junior Achievement program, which covers free enterprise and business.

“Junior Achievement is such a worthwhile, hands-on program. I’m always pleased when our alumni come by and say how much they learned and are using in their business lives,” Gross said.

“Through these numerous and long-lasting relationships, Junior Achievement of Western New York has delivered financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career and work readiness programs to 443,569 students over our 62-year history serving Western New York,” Laurie Mahoney, Junior Achievement of Western New York president, said. “Organizations, like Junior Achievement, and local communities survive and thrive because of donors and individuals who exhibit this level of dedication and commitment.  It will be my honor to recognize these individuals, foundations and organizations”.