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Two Minnesota Credit Union Professionals Receive Junior Achievement's Volunteer of the Year Awards

Tuesday, August 9, 2016  
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Trysh Olson, Wings Financial Credit Union (L)
& Tina Jones, Hiway Federal Credit Union (R)

Established in 1949, the Minneapolis and St. Paul chapters of Junior Achievement merged in 1982 to create Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc. (JAUM). JAUM has broadened its reach and now serves greater Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. JAUM headquarters and its capstone facility are located in Maplewood, Minnesota.

Junior Achievement programs are taught in more than 700 schools throughout the upper Midwest. During the 2015-16 school year, 160,066 students experienced JA programming. JAUM strives to provide relevant, fundamental learning opportunities for students in grades K-12, preparing them for a lifetime of success.

Each year JAUM partners with more than 9,000 community volunteers to teach our programs to local students. Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs teach children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers, and prepare students to succeed in school and beyond.


2015-2016 credit union recipients: 

  • Volunteer Hero Award: Trysh Olson – Wings Financial
  • High School Volunteer: Tina Jones – Hiway Credit Union


Other 2015-2016 recipients include:

  • Metro Volunteer Lead: Andy Valles – U.S. Bank
  • Greater MN/ND Volunteer Lead: Wendy Gray – Capital One
  • Elementary School Volunteer: Julie Anderson – Mathiowetz
  • Middle School Volunteer: Blake Koch – North Highland
  • Capstone Volunteers: Molly Berg and Logan Cordrey – Best Buy
  • Elementary School Educator: Sue Welsh – Otter Lake Elementary
  • Middle School Educators: Julie Levine and Greg Larsen – Roseville Area Middle School
  • High School Educator: Jeff Rush – Maple Grove High School
  • Capstone Educator: Mary Berg – Mankato East High School
  • JA bigBowl Coordinator: Jill Hills – Bremer Bank
  • Emerging Partner of the Year: Uponor
  • Impact Team: EY
  • Entrepreneur Leader of the Year: Computype


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