WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The schools have recognized a booming interest in all things entre- preneurial in this Shark Tank age of being able to start up ventures online, in the cloud, and supported by social media, with relatively lit- tle money down. Matt Snyder, a Wellesley High School senior who has fit in work in recent years on a news and social media aggregation website startup called Solostop with an older cousin, raves about classes such as Business and Entrepreneurship offered at the school. "There are many classes — the biggest issue is having room for them in your schedule," he says. At Weston High School, all sophomores take a career seminar course that gets them thinking about their strengths and weaknesses so that these young men and women can start to focus on what might be a good line of work for them. In addition, all seniors take a Senior Internship Course that involves leaving the school for a three-week job in May. Students in any grade can take classes in marketing, principles of business, accounting, economics, and more. Corey Guerra, the school's primary business teacher for the past six years, notes, "Every year since I've been here there's been an increase in students signing up for those classes. He adds that students seem especially interested in finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship, likely taking cues from their parents' careers. Weston also has ramped up after-school opportunities. About a dozen Weston High students took part in a program offered by Babson College this past school year called the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies (BELA) that culminated with a business plan and startup competition. Thirty to forty Weston High students also take part in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) pro- grams each year, developing business plans and giving a presentation in front of business executives, investors, and their peers. "What DECA Starting Early 70 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 top: "Astronaut Abby" Harrison bottom: Wellesley High School entrepreneur Matt Snyder No doubt, business competitions get teens' creative juices flowing.

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