MGSH Pocket Perks team

Maple Grove Senior High students demonstrated entrepreneurial skills and social responsibility at the Junior Achievement (JA) of the Upper Midwest’s Company of the Year Competition, held April 18 at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota campus.

Four students from Maple Grove Senior High School took second place for their company Pocket Perks that connects customers to discounts and deals at Maple Grove businesses through a membership program. Each team member received a $500 post-secondary scholarship from the Otto Bremer Trust. The Pocket Perks 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. 

As part of the JA Company of the Year competition, high school entrepreneur teams created a presentation about their company, presented to a judging panel of business leaders, and answered questions about their product or service. Designed for students in grades 9-12, JA Company Program provides students the opportunity to start a real company. They create a product 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. 

Photo: From left to right, judge Mondo Davison, founder of The Black Tech Guy; Ashley Peterson (11th grade), Sharada Srivatsa (11th grade), Ian Lim (11th grade) and Samantha Byun (12th grade).



logan fuFor Woodland Elementary fourth-grader Logan Fu, practice makes perfect—two years in a row, to be exact.

Last year, Fu was one of only 52 students his age to achieve a perfect score on a WordMasters™ Challenge, a national vocabulary competition that involves 150,000 students annually. One year older and wiser, he repeated that feat this spring and joined some select company in the process.

How select? Fu is one of only 24 fourth-grade students nationally to achieve a perfect score on a WordMasters Challenge this year.

The WordMasters Challenge program encourages students in grades three through eight to become familiar with a new, advanced set of words. Students are then challenged to use those words to complete analogies—sharpening their critical thinking skills and helping them think both analytically and metaphorically.