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Student business raises funds for worthy causes

February 25, 2010
By Ashley Hoholik

MANISTIQUE - It may not be considered a sport outside of most school gymnasiums, but a group of students at Manistique High School has decided to once again bring dodgeball to the masses.

The third annual Mediocre Mike's Dodgeball Tournament is hosted by Emerald International - an entirely student-led corporation - and will take place this Saturday in Manistique. The tournament is sanctioned by the National Amateur Dodgeball Association and serves as a fun-filled flashback for spectators and participants alike.

According to Mike Powers, who teaches the entrepreneurial class in which the corporation was formed, Mediocre Mike's is just one of the many activities put on by Emerald International. In order to gain first-hand business experience and knowledge to be used outside of high school, the students organize and run numerous eventsContinued from page 1A

"The students learn about business by forming a student corporation," explained Powers. "They form a business plan and mission statement, elect a board of directors, buy stock, create goods and services, sell them."

Using events and activities like the dodgeball tournament, the students earn money to not only run the corporation, but also to contribute to charities. "Half the profits go toward dividends and half toward charities," said Powers. "The charities make presentations to the class and the class decides how much to give them. Last year we gave out about $4,000 to charities."

Powers said this year's event will boast approximately 12 teams with seven individuals each and bring in around 100 spectators. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school gym. The public is welcome to attend.

 
 

 

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