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Maple Grove Senior High Students Create Award Winning Company

May 31, 2018 07:14PM ● By Doug Erlien

JAUM Company of the Year – Pocket Perks (Maple Grove High School) Left to right: Mondo Davison (judge), founder of The Black Tech Guy; Ashley Peterson (11th grade), Sharada Srivatsui (11th grade), Ian Lim (11th grade), Samantha Byun (12th grade).

Four students from Maple Grove Senior High School took second place at Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest’s Company of the Year Competition held at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota campus.

The students created their company, Pocket Perks, whose mission is to connect customers to discounts and deals at Maple Grove businesses through a membership program.

Each member of the team received a $500 post-secondary scholarship courtesy of the Otto Bremer Trust. The 
regional competition featured student-led companies from Humboldt High School, Mounds View High School, Maple Grove Senior High and Venture Academy.

The program is designed for students in grades 9-12 and gives students the opportunity to start a real company. They create a project or service, market it and work as a team to operate their own company as part of a school-based organization, club or after-school setting.

The team will have a chance to apply to compete at the national JA Company of the Year competition held in Washington D.C. in June 2018.

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