A little hard work paid off big for several local students. They won this year's Junior Achievement essay contest.
J-A honored them Wednesday during a special luncheon at the Bonefish grill on 23rd Street.
Parents and teachers were invited to hear the winners from the elementary, middle, and high school categories read their essays, which centered around their involvement in Junior Achievement, and the lessons they've learned along the way.
The event was sponsored by Bonefish. Each of the first place winners also received a $100 savings bonds from the Panhandle Federal Educators Credit Union.