The Milbank High School Junior Achievement (JA) team placed second in the JA Titan Statewide Competition hosted by Junior Achievement (JA) of South Dakota. Students competed as bosses of global, virtual-reality businesses. To commemorate their second place finish, each of the MHS students received a $150 cash prize.
The team consisted of Keaton Hagen, Jake Sandvig, and Jordan Riley – students of Lane Lindquist. The Milbank team competed against 24 other South Dakota schools. Dave Hepper of First Bank and Trust in Milbank served as a Junior Achievement volunteer, and led the MHS students through the JA Titan program. Student teams acted as a company’s executive officers. Teams went head-to-head as they strived to make informed, intelligent business decisions on price, production, marketing, capital investment, charitable giving and research and development.
Junior Achievement provides hands-on programming in select courses at MHS to connect what students are learning in the classroom to the real world. Volunteers guide students on personal and business principles. During the 2017-2018 school year, 755 students completed JA in Milbank and 54,853 students completed JA in South Dakota.
Implementation of JA programming is made possible thanks to community volunteers and funds from businesses, individuals, foundations, and special events.
Submitted photo: Dave Hepper, Jake Sandvig, Keaton Hagen, Jordan Riley and Lane Lindquist