The inaugural year for Young Entrepreneurs Academy concluded with a graduation ceremony last week at Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy.
The nine-month program — jointly presented by the H-E-B Chamber of Commerce and the H-E-B school district — takes students in junior high and high school through the process of starting a real business. The teens learn how to create a business plan, get funding, open the company and take care of sales and marketing after it opens.
Learning from guest speakers, mentors and field trips, students acquire knowledge of the business world to apply to the fledgling companies they establish during the course. Some even continue their business after graduating from high school.
Congratulations to the 2014-15 YEA! class members Todd Anthony, Cameron Kostopoulos, Adan Mancera, Gisela Ponce, Isabela Ponce, Gabriel Townsend and Samara Wesson.
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“Of any and every class and organization I’ve participated in during high school, YEA! has by far been the most informative and applicable to life,” said graduate Cameron Kostopoulos about his experience.
After a successful competition this year, Kostopoulos will advance to a regional contest on Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz., to be one of 85 students from across the country vying for a chance to win a college scholarship. He will present his innovative production company concept, Dionysian Productions, at the event.
Saturday movie in the park is ‘Monster's University’
As though the animated Disney comedy Monster’s University isn’t enough for a fun outing, how about the chance to watch it on the big screen outdoors on the beautiful lawn of Leon Hogg Amphitheater in Villages of Bear Creek Park?
Families are invited to bring their pillow and blanket and stretch out on the lawn or bring lawn chairs. Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring one canned food item or maybe a box of diapers to donate to Tarrant Area Food Bank to fight hunger.
“We will have exciting handouts, such as free coloring books and crayons for the kids, handouts from local businesses that will be joining the event, thrilling door prizes and concessions for sale,” said Euless event coordinator Jerry Poteet.
Go ahead and put these dates on the calendar for future movies in the park: June 13 is The Lego Movie and on July 18, Frozen.
All movies start at dusk. The park is at 1951 Bear Creek Parkway. To inquire, call Poteet at 817-685-1449.
Live musical entertainment this week
▪ OverDrive will perform on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane. The band is a touring cover band playing Top 100 hits and original classics. The free concert is presented by Arts Council Northeast and the city as part of MasterWorks Concert Series.
▪ Concert in the Park by Northeast Orchestra on Friday at 7 p.m. in Heritage Village Plaza at 841 W. Pipeline Road in Hurst. This free family outing presented by the city invites families to bring a picnic dinner, blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy a fun evening. Inquire at the Hurst Recreation Center at 817-788-7320.
▪ The Vanderveer Brothers String Band show is Monday at 7 p.m. at Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive. This family group has been playing old-time music for three years, winning awards across the country. The string band also adds piano to the mix for some numbers. Admission is free.