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).