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Mounds View students win first at business competition

Mounds View High School students received top honors for their business, EcoSlurp, at the Junior Achievement (JA) of the Upper Midwest Company of the Year Competition, held on April 17, 2019. Mounds View students Aunika Zheng, Ivy (Yanjin) Yu, Matthew Nelson, Michael Gennaro and Neha Sriram competed against top student-led companies from high schools throughout Minnesota. The EcoSlurp team won the Company of the Year title by most effectively running a financially sound business and being able to articulate how and why the company performed as it did. EcoSlurp is an eco-friendly bubble tea straw alternative that biodegrades 250 times faster than a regular plastic straw. Each member of the winning team received a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship courtesy of the Otto Bremer Trust.

Award winners

The student-run business team of Mounds View juniors includes Aunika Zheng, Ivy (Yanjin) Yu, Matthew Nelson, Michael Gennaro and Neha Sriram.


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