Maple Grove Senior High's Junior Achievement Company Program, Crimson Corner, participated at the JA regional competition held at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. Conor Friedmann was named the Otto Bremer Student Entrepreneur of the Year and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The Crimson Corner team, which includes Conor, Joe Graves, Jesse Heinen, Sujeet Kohli and Alli Orta, tied for third, and each team member was awarded a $250 scholarship.
While participating in the Junior Achievement Company program, Maple Grove Senior High students came up with an idea for a business, sold stock to raise capital, and executed their business plan. Additional components include working to make a profit with the business and eventually liquidate it. Maple Grove's Crimson Corner sold several product lines this year: appreciation notes, spirit swag, and customizable college preparation plans created by seniors for underclassmen.
Junior Achievement students, who were accepted to places such as Penn, Tufts, Berkeley, Wisconsin and Minnesota, shared their expertise in a customized college prep guide for students who sought out their services. The guides were customized to provide underclassmen with a suggested pathway to increase their odds of acceptance into their chosen target school in the years to come. Junior Achievement students prepared the guides, which included suggestions on which classes to take, extra curricular activities to participate in and types of volunteer work to engage in as well as target scores on college entrance exams.