Student entrepreneurs excel at Wetmore High School

Submitted by Seth Shumaker, WHS Student Correspondent

As students approach the end of high school, many are faced with the issue of career paths. At Wetmore High School, some students have taken matters into their own hands and have started small businesses for themselves.

Senior McKayla Henry has started McKayla Rose Photography, a photography business that focuses primarily on newborn, child, senior, family and engagement portraits. Henry has held on to her love of photography from an early age, and with help from her mother and support from family and friends, they’ve helped make this childhood dream a reality.

With success comes challenges, however. Henry said that some of her challenges in becoming a business involved “registering with the State of Kansas, obtaining a tax ID number, and composing an operating agreement.”

“I love creating and preserving memories that my clients can treasure for a lifetime,” Henry said.

Within the next five years, she’d like to work full time as a photographer, and be well recognized across northeast Kansas for her quality photos and satisfied customers.

Senior Beau Henninger has also been starting up a business. He’s been working on a clothing brand for a while now.

“I’ve been into fashion for almost my whole life. I really like looking nice,” Henninger said.

He states that the business start-up is doing well, but there are challenges. Acquiring money to start the business and finding target demographics have been difficult, but with the help of his mother, he’s “doing alright.”

His brand, Youthful Emotion, tries to target and represent ambitious youth and self-expression via fashion and clothing.

As intensive as projects like these can be, passion will always push people to create something great, and that’s a very cool thing to see coming from small-town Wetmore.

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