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Young Entrepreneurs

Joshua Jones is the self-described computer nerd. Michael Grant is the artist with a flair for page design and graphical presentations.

By combining their talents, the two North Dakota high school seniors hope to give their town of Larimore a bit more exposure and at the same time bolster their own future prospects.

After the students developed a site on the World Wide Web for Larimore High School, word of their cyberskills spread to local business and municipal leaders. Working from computers in their bedrooms, the duo has applied what they've learned in business and art classes, along with their own creativity, to form their own company, LightSpeed Development. The school has lent them equipment, and a local lawyer has helped them apply for a business license and other essential documents.

One client, the Larimore City Council, hopes going online will attract businesses to the town of 1,500, west of Grand Forks.

This is a second job for Mr. Jones, who also works as a part-time cashier at the local grocery store. "We're not as big as Microsoft, but we have plans on expanding," he said.

Healthy Food

The only thing better than Pizza Day in the Berkeley, Calif., schools is pesticide-free Pizza Day.

Officials in the 9,500-student San Francisco Bay- area district voted last month to go natural by serving only food that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers for breakfast and lunch this year, according to the Los Angeles Times. That means organic vegetables and milk produced the old-fashioned way--without the help of bovine growth hormones.

All of which seems perfect in a university town long known for offbeat and liberal thinking.

"That's Berkeley--food and revolution," Sibella Kraus, the executive director of the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, which helped craft the food policy, told the newspaper. "Berkeley has continued to be a breeding ground for ... people who think progressively about both food and politics."

Officials expect that 25 percent of the veggies and fruits will be grown in school gardens in an effort to defer costs and provide math and science lessons.

—Kathleen Kennedy Manzo & Julie Blair

Vol. 19, Issue 1, Page 3

Published in Print: September 8, 1999, as Take Note

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