Young entrepreneurs stay ‘busi’

Daniel Gifford, Editor-in-chief

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  The 21st Century has proved to be an age of innovations, both great and small, and America has been a symbol of ingenuity and independence since its conception.

   This spirit endures to this day in many of today’s youth, some of whom attend BHS.

   Siblings senior Clay Rolf and sophomore Lily Rolf run a small business called Rolf and Rolf Stock.

   A steady debate goes on between them about which Rolf is first, but there is no clear winner as of yet. Stay tuned.

   Rolf and Rolf Stock was created to fulfil an FFA requirement for Lily called a SAE or Supervised Agricultural Experience, and the two of them breed, raise, and sell show pigs.

   While they have not made any profit yet, their three pigs will soon begin to farrow or give birth. Pigs typically spawn 8 to 12 piglets, and they typically sell for $115 to $200.

   “It’ll be good money,” said Clay. “I’ve invested a considerable amount, and we’re confident that we’ll make it back.” They already have buyers set up that include local 4-H families.

   Siblings Tegan Hess, senior, and Carson Hess, sophomore, both have separate enterprises as well.

   “I go around and mow and weed-eat people’s lawns,” said Tegan, who, like many American teens all over the country, owns a small lawn care service.

   Tegan cares for 12 lawns year-round, some of which he services once a week, while others, he services every two weeks. One of the lawns entrusted to be visited twice a week due to the owner’s sprinkler system.

   He charges a minimum of $30, and he purchased his own mower, which has paid for itself, gas included. This profitable business has its origins in Tegan’s freshman year.

   Carson makes signs out of pallet board for those who ask for one. He utilizes the shop in Doug Stewart’s room, the shop teacher, and his class to make parts of these signs.

   This business began this year due to his ability to do whatever projects he would like to in Mr. Stewart’s.

   “Most people buy wood from [him],” Carson shared, “but I use my own pallet wood. I try to be different from everyone.” He searched for ideas, and he found pallet wood.

   This wood is thinner, lighter, and produces more detailed work. He cuts the wood himself at his home.

   The first sign he made was $30 because of its small size, so he plans on selling larger works for more.

   Carson said that he enjoys making these signs, and he plans on doing them throughout high school and possible farther into the future as a side business.

     Sophomore Abby Sleezer, who has plans to enter a career in professional photography, takes and sells pictures.

   “My most common pictures,”said Abby, “are for Instagram feeds, and I take a lot of pictures on vacations.” She has been taking pictures for four or five years, but she did not get her first camera until she was 12.

    When asked why she takes pictures, she answered that she loves how they all come together.

   These industrious teenagers have proved that busy high schoolers have the ability to pursue their interests.

Sophomore Abby Sleezer shows off her camera, the one she uses for her photography business and yearbook. (PHOTO: Topainga Hernandez)

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