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Asanyeconomicsteacherwould,ClaytonGuyatArcadiaHighSchoolteacheshisstudentsabouttheworldof
entrepreneurship.
However,hetakesamorehandsonapproachwithhisstudentsandhasthemparticipateinthesemiannualeventthey
callMarketDay.
Guyhastaughteconomicsformorethan10years.HedevelopedMarketDayforseniorswhohehopeswilllearnhowto
valuemoneyandbeontheirwaytostartingtheirownbusiness.
SeniorsintheeconomicsclassesarerequiredtocreateandsellproductsonMarketDaytothestudentbody.
MarketDayisbasicallyanentrepreneurshipprogramtoteachthestudentshowtostartabusiness,runabusinessand
keepit.ItwaspresentedtotheschoolandwasanideathatcamefromtheNationalCouncilofEconomics,saidGuy.
Thestudentssplitupintogroupsandworkwitheachotherthroughoutthesemestertocreatebusinessplans,market
researchandadvertisements.
Theassignmentwasgiventothestudentsatthebeginningofthesemester.Theproductsthegroupschoosehavetobe
approvedbyapanelofdifferentfacultymembers.
Inordertofindoutwhatproductsinterestthestudentbody,thegroupshandoutsurveystomorethan100studentsand
facultymembersaskingvariousquestions.
ShannonPaloma,aneconomicsteacheratArcadiaHighSchool,said,Itempowersstudentsintheeconomy.Alotof
themdontthinktheyarecapableotherthanwhattheyarespecificallytrainedtodo,butitshowsstudentsthatthereare
otherwaysofgettingbyandmakingmoneyiftheyputeffortintoit.
CheyenneMenesesisapartofagrouptryingtosellairfresheners.
Theyarereallycute.Wehadasurveyandweheardthatalotofpeopleweresellingtshirts,sowewantedsomething
different,shesaid.Weheardaboutinthepastairfreshenersdoingwell,andonlyoneothergrouphaseverdonethem.
Weknewpeoplewouldbuythem.
ThegroupiscalledRefreshYourself.Theyhadacompanymaketheairfreshenersandincorporatetheirdesign.
Thisisareallygoodopportunity.Youcantakethemoneyandkeepsellingthethingsandputyourselfthroughcollege
orbuythingsyouneed,saidMeneses.Youjusthavetoputyourselfintheirshoesandaskwhattheywouldwantand
howitsunique.
SydneyZmichandhergroupedchangedtheiroriginalproductbecausetheythoughtthenewonewouldappealtomore
people.

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Ournewproductisabumperstickerthatsays,ThelimitdoesnotexistfromthemovieMeanGirls.Thatsareally
popularmovieandpeoplearequotingitallthetime,saidZmich.Oursurveyshowedthatmostpeoplewouldbuy
productspertainingtothatmovie.Wearealsosellingelastichairtieswhichwehavedoneinthepastfordifferent
groups,andtheysellprettywell.
Zmichsaidthegroupsstrategizeandtrytofindwhotheyaregoingtoaimat.Theyusuallyworkwithothercompanies
tohelp.
Itsauniqueopportunitytocreateyourproductandsellandmakeanactualprofitforyourowncompany.Itslikewe
areinvestinginourownproducts,shesaid.Itsreallycompetitive,becausehighschoolstudentsdonthavehundreds
ofdollarstospend,sotheyreallythinkaboutwhattheywanttobuy.
Eachpersoninthegroupisonlyallowedtospendupto$100.Anyprofitmadewillbedistributedevenlythroughoutthe
group.Thestudentscanchoosetospendmoneyontheirproductmanufacturingoradvertisements.
Itllbeniceifthegroupsbreakeven,orevenmakeprofit,saidZmich.
KrystalVaughtisnaminghergroupOnlyinMerica.TheyaresellinghatsthatsayMericana.
Wecameupwithitbecausesurveyedpeoplewhowouldwearhats,andiftheywerepatrioticandpeoplesaidthey
wouldwearahatthatresemblesAmericasinceitistheircountry,saidVaught.Wewentoffwhattheywanted.

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Vaughtandhergroupdecidedtogoonlineandseewheretheycouldpurchaseblankhats.Oncetheypurchasedthem,
theyhanddecoratedthem.Theydecidedtoselltwodifferenthatstoappealtomorestudents.
IwilldefinitelytakeawayimportantskillsthatIobtainedthroughthis,likebuildingabusinessplanandhowtomake
money,saidZmich.Fornextyearsseniors,wewanttopumpthemupbecauseitsafunevent.Wedefinitelydont
wantittostop.Asafreshman,Ithoughtmarketdaywascoolandnowlookedforwardtoit.
Guysaid,Iwantthemtothinkaboutstartingtheirownbusinesses.Therearealotofideastheyhavethatarebigsellers.
Theyshouldcontinuedoingit.Itsawayforthemtorealizethecanmakemoneywithouthavingtheirownjob.
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