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Entrepreneurship gives students a look into business

By Alan Rivera

Staff Writer

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have all found success through big business. Their examples have encouraged people to follow in their paths through the creation of their own companies, and Denali students are given a first-hand look at the needed skills to do so in the Entrepreneurship Expeditions course, which teaches students how they can start and run businesses while creating their own products.

“We basically learn business stuff: like how to manage your money, and how you hire employees and how you pay the employees like the monthly wages,” Denali sophomore Xavier Eusty said.

Denali sophomore Stevian Arguello said understanding and using gross profit plays a large role in the course. “I can help people when they’re stuck or if they need a certain type of equation to figure out something like gross profit,” he explained.

See below for a video about the Entrepreneurship course:

Entrepreneurship provides students with a better future

By Yasmeen Ali and Aurylina Nguyen

Staff Writers

Summit Tahoma provides an Entrepreneurship course for students where they use their creativity to create their own establishment and also pitch their business to make it official.

Aaron Calvert, the teacher of the Entrepreneurship course, said, “Entrepreneurship is taking ownership of your idea and growing it and [entrepreneurship] helps solve a person’s problem as well as their wants or needs.”

The Entrepreneurship course uses a variety of activities that involve creative problem solving and a guide to creating your own business. With the knowledge of these activities, students have a better understanding of business in the future. Once students have a plan for their business, they present their ideas to investors, and, if the investors like the idea, students be able to make their business official.

Tahoma sophomore Kenny Tran mentioned the class “will help me in the future by starting a business or help me with my job. It will also help me in the future when I have to pay taxes, etc.”

Entrepreneurship is a class for everyone with a strong passion for a better future and a touch of hard work, as well as anyone with imagination. Students can grow because of the entrepreneurship class, the community of the classroom and the teacher.

According to Mr. Calvert, success is never a set in stone; however, as long as student try, learn and grow from their mistakes, they will not only grow as an entrepreneur but as a person.

See below for a video about the Entrepreneurship course:

Entrepreneurship teaches students to freely create

By Melissa Domingo and Mytrisha Sarmiento

Staff Writers

Entrepreneurship is an Expeditions course that teaches students how to start a business, negotiate and overall become successful with their own startups. The class consists of creating products and advertising these products to people who would be interested in buying them.

Danica Lyming, the Entrepreneurship Expeditions teacher, said, “[Students] basically learn how to make your own product or service. You make it; you advertise it; you pitch it at a competition and potentially win money.”

Shasta freshman Javier Gomez talked about the creative freedom Ms. Lyming gives them as they create their products. He said, “You can make anything; she lets you run wild with that idea.”

See below for a video about the Entrepreneurship course:

Intrapreneurship allows students to be creative

By Sophia Woehl 

Staff Writer

In the Intrapreneurship Expeditions course, students have the opportunity to learn how creativity can be used in business. Students work to become intrapreneurs by finding problems within companies and thinking of innovative solutions. Students go on field trips to for-profit and nonprofit organizations where they identify problems and then work to help the companies.

Danica Lyming is both the Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship Expeditions teacher at Summit Shasta. Many students go into this class with no idea what Intrapreneurship means; Ms. Lyming defined it as: “When you work for a company and you change the way they do things to make it more effective and more efficient and more innovative.” When asked why she teaches these courses to high school students, she said, “I think that is it important for high schoolers to get an introduction into business in high school before they go into college or into the world after that.”

Shasta freshman Ashley Lee is an Intrapreneurship student, and she has learned more than just business skills. She said, “This class impacts my life because, not only do I learn about business as a potential career for me in the future, but I also learn about problem-solving skills, creativity and just thinking outside the box to make my life more efficient.”

Although many students have enjoyed this Expeditions course, it will most likely not be offered next school year. Instead, Ms. Lyming will be supervising an Independent Study class.

See below for a video about the Intrapreneurship course: 


Eastridge employees describe their community

By Amanda Flores, Christian Frias, Cathy Ly and Juliet Perez

Staff Writers

When you walk into the Eastridge Mall, you see a bunch of people of different age groups, from children to the elderly. You immediately smell the diverse foods the Food Court offers. You hear the music Eastridge puts on, or the sound of people conversing with each other.

Out of the 150 stores and services at Eastridge, we chose Champs, Charlotte Russe and Mainland to explain the different ways employees feel connected to their community.

When asked how he feels connected to the people who come into his store, Zach Hill from Champs said that some people just go in there to look at shoes, but when they’re interested in buying, he believes customer service is “always a No. 1 thing.” He tries to ask them how they’re doing and what they’re looking for in order for him to further assist the customer.

The average age group that shops at Champs is from 12 years old to 60 years old. Hill recalled a time a middle schooler was “running cross country from Chaboya – eleven years old wearing a size 12 – and I was like woah!¨

Mainland Manager Manny Perez, when asked how he feels connected to customers that walk into Mainland, said, ¨I guess it would be a lot of the skateboarding, like the culture of the stuff that we sell, the shoes – everything that we sell here is stuff that I am into, so a lot of people that shop here are into the same thing, so it’s already like a small connection there.¨

At Charlotte Russe, Celyne Carlet explained how she builds relationships with people who come in and buy products: ¨You definitely build a relationship, especially those who ask you questions about outfits – you find out if they are picking an outfit for a date or a vacation, and you also get to help them pick accessories, so you become a personal stylist for them.”

Eastridge employees definitely feel a connection toward customers, whether they’re in the store just to look or to actually buy something.

Here is our video on the community at Eastridge:

Fast food affects the youth in our community

By Daniel Contreras, Philippe De Jesus and Angel Flores

Staff Writers 

The smell of sizzling chicken was delightful when customers walked through the doors of El Pollo Loco. The sight of the food looked lovely because of all the healthy options that you could choose.

The fast food industry impacts the youth in our community by providing a convenient source of food and educational opportunities. This helps adolescents whose parents aren’t always home to cook. It also helps students who work at fast food restaurants through the programs the restaurant have in place to help their education.

“Well, in this country, it’s a lot of support because, since people are working, it is easy for them after work to get food. At least with us, that is healthier to make their lives easier,” Elizabeth Chavez, manager of El Pollo Loco located at South White Road San Jose, said (her answers have been translated from Spanish).

Ms. Chavez added that it’s easier to eat out than to eat at home when parents are working. “They have the ease of in any corner they find a restaurant, and they are more influenced to eat out rather than eating at home, or for them to learn how to prepare food,” she said.

Ms. Chavez said that working in the food industry helps build leadership. “In times when they come in as cashiers or in lobby you can team them to move up in positions because there are different responsibilities,” she said.

“They are learning different functions, and they notice that they have the capacity to move up in position; they could get to become crew leaders. There have been students that made it to supervisors because of what they have learned at school and applied it to work,” Ms. Chavez said.

Ms. Chavez added that every job has responsibilities and that you should work to your best extent because it’s based on your future. “They learn how to be on time, responsible, work with others, and they could learn things they have never done before,” she said.

Ms. Chavez said that they have a program that gives back to the community.  “I forgot what is it called, but you have options. It’s like a type of foundation where you can come once a week in a period of four hours and they return 20 percent of your contribution to schools, churches, community groups, etc.,” she said. “We also offer part-time jobs for students in the schools around us.”

“We have a mission to provide good service, a good meal, and a good working community. At the same time the community benefits as well because they see we have great people working here, so that makes them happy,” Ms. Chavez said.

The manager of Subway located at Story Road San Jose, Elvia Medano, also shared her opinion on how the food industry helps the community. Ms. Medano explained how working in the food industry can help benefit students.


Manager of Subway Elvia Medano

“We adjust to their schedules; we don’t obstruct their school’s hours or testing or homework time,” Ms. Medano said (her answers have been translated from Spanish). “Many food industries have scholarships for students that help them choose a better college or donate money to their schools.”

Ms. Medano then explained how the health of the customers are influenced when they eat at Subway and how convenient fast food restaurants are.

Ms. Medano explained how parents are not always home to cook food. “They go to fast food restaurants to get something fast and that helps them,” she said.

Ms. Medano explained that people who ordered their food usually picked the unhealthy choices. “I’m not saying that the food here is unhealthy, but some of the contents like salami and pastrami are unhealthy and people consume a lot of that,” she said.

Yet, Ms. Medano said that they have a lot of healthy choices to pick from on the menu. “We have a variety of healthy food,” she said.

Television also plays a large role in what teenagers eat. According to Chron, TV is a large source of food ads for adolescents. “There is a strong connection between teens’ eating habits and fast food commercials. In a study of more than 12,000 teenagers to investigate the effects of fast food advertising on teenagers, teens who spent more than two hours watching commercial TV were likely to indulge in eating unhealthy foods like fast foods, sugary drinks and snacks than those who did not. Results from the study also indicated that fast food ads on the Internet led to increased consumption of the foods.”

This is troubling because children who view more fast food ads are more at risk of being overweight than those who do not. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, In a survey of 3,342 youths aged between 15 and 23 researchers found that a higher percentage of obese and overweight participants identified with fast food ads.”  

The next time you eat at fast food places such as El Pollo Loco or Subway, try choosing the healthier choices. Also working at fast food places is not a bad idea because it may help you succeed in the future and build up your skills.

Featured Image (at the top of this post): Elizabeth Chavez, manager of El Pollo Loco






Local businesses connect with customers

By Caitlin Quach and Priscilla Soria

Staff Writers

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Joanna Ramirez, Safeway Checker

Joanna Ramirez is a checker at the Safeway in downtown San Jose. During her time at Safeway, Ms. Ramirez has been able to create a “little family” with her regulars.

Some people who contribute to her community are the locals or the regulars that usually come into the store. The regulars are able to create this “little family” relationship by forming a close bond between employees and locals.

“You want to go to a store where you know people and they treat you well, so knowing them and treating them like you want to be treated makes a big difference,” Ms. Ramirez said.


Brandon Tierrita, Starbucks Barista

Brandon Tierrita works as a Starbucks barista in downtown San Jose. He believes that Starbucks is a place that satisfies everyone, whether it’s to chill or to study.

He feels that Starbucks affects the community because there are community members who don’t have homes and Starbucks is their home. Furthermore, he feels that the government is helping to some degree, but ultimately there could be more progress. When it comes to describing the community, he says that it’s underprivileged and less appreciated and open to potential.  

“It’s a low-income community, so everybody should stick together … if we just help each other … It would do wonders,” Mr. Tierrita said. 

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Jeff Frank, University Access Service Coordinator

Jeff Frank is part of the San Jose State University and Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San Jose. He works as a University Access Service Coordinator in the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Although Mr. Frank lives in Morgan Hill, he is able to still give his insight on the community in downtown San Jose.

“There is staff at San Jose University that works more directly with the community by providing library orientations and getting the word out to let people know the library can assist community members through their learning for incoming students and other departments.”

Some of the people who are part of his community are the students and faculty of San Jose State University. One of the ways that Mr. Frank feels that the library is able to contribute to the community is the fact that they’re able to provide a space for anyone who might need a space or any assistance with their work.

Regarding the issue of having a strong connection between employees and locals, the three people that we had interviewed all had similar thoughts. Ms. Ramirez, Mr. Tierrita and Mr. Frank felt that they all are able to recognize their locals when they come into their businesses. This recognition contributes to the overall relationship between them and their customers. With these relationships through these businesses, there is more of a sense of a strong community between everyone.

Here is a StoryMap of all the places mentioned in this article.

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