High School Students Showcase Their Entrepreneurial Spirit | The Vineyard Gazette

For Ali Barlett’s Ravioli Empire, it all started last Christmas Eve, when she was making pasta with her family.

“We were talking about turning it into a business, and we were like, wow, we could just make raviolis. We could make piles and heaps of raviolis, it could be like an empire.”

The next step for the regional high school senior was a lot of hard work. Thankfully, she could do a lot of it in school.

Emma Kristal’s Coffee Boat is a full service, floating breakfast outfit. — Mark Lovewell
Ali’s Ravioli Empire is one of a 25 senior Capstone projects. The projects run the gamut from artistic endeavors to experimental research on gender stereotypes to a job placement service. The Capstone program lasts the duration of the second semester of senior year. Students dedicate three class blocks in their schedule to the pursuit of a passion. The process culminates in a research paper and presentation.

This year, many senior projects featured an entrepreneurial aspect.

One project, Daniel Gaines’ Sea Blue Company, is a fully operational online recruitment platform for entry-level positions. After having trouble finding internships on the Vineyard, Daniel came up with the idea to create a centralized platform for entry-level postings. His site shares job postings with educational institutions and other job boards to expand the networks of firms that are looking to hire. Currently, Daniel has collaborations with 71 colleges and universities, and he hopes to expand the business further as he continues to work on it in college.

He described the senior project as an invaluable experience that “teaches you certain skills that no class could ever teach.”

Jonas Lukowitz shows his artistic side. — Mark Lovewell
Four students are pursuing fashion-related business: Natalija Lakis produced a line of reflective pajamas intended to aid emergency responders in locating people in the event of a house fire, Eddie Rosado developed Bluff Clothing, which sells T-shirts and hats, Madison Csapo-Moreis designed Suits for the Sea, a line of swimwear she plans to sell, and Mary Morano created her own fashion line, Nori Clothing.

Food-related businesses were also popular this year. Through Ravioli Empire, Ali has navigated the ins and outs of getting licensed to sell her product, worked on sales and marketing and developed recipes through her senior project. Her love for pasta has more substance than just its al dente chew: “Growing up, my nana and papa have always made homemade pasta and ravioli for special holidays, and so now the fact that I get to do it really makes me feel connected to them.”

Emma Kristal also drew inspiration from food and family for her senior project. Emma’s Coffee Boat is a full service, floating breakfast outfit.

Eddie Rosado has the T-shirt and hat market cornered. — Mark Lovewell
“My dad is a really good chef and he taught me how to cook since I was little, and I like to cook,” she said. “I live right up the street from the water, and I’ve always loved the beach, always wanted to get my boating license, so it just kind of fit together.”

Emma conceived of the business last summer and test-ran it for two-and-a-half weeks. She has devoted her senior project to preparing for the coming season. From Memorial Day onward, Emma will motor around on a nine-and-a-half-foot WaterTender in Tisbury Harbor. When hunger strikes, seafarers can wave her over, text or call in their orders.

Emma said working on her Coffee Boat as a senior project offered “resources inside of the school to talk about it and ask questions and get help.”

But some issues don’t have easy solutions. “When it’s wavy and I stand up, sometimes I can almost fall out,” she said.

Senior project participants will deliver presentations on their experiences from May 15 to May 26. A full schedule of presentations is available on the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School website.

Ali suggested that everyone come hungry as she will provide samples.

Cape Cod Events This November

Cape Cod has certaintly quieted down this fall season, but many spirited events are occurring as Thanks Giving approaches! Check out these activities held in Cape Cod this November!

Fairs, Festivals & Special Events in November

Glassblowers’ Christmas

When: November 14 – December 30, 2016

Where: Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich Village

Admission: Adults $9; Ages 6-14 $2; 5 and under free; Members free

More Info: (508) 888-0251 / Sandwich Glass Museum

The Sandwich Glass Museum is all dressed up for the Holidays with special trees decorated with hundreds of unique glass ornaments created by some of the region’s foremost glass artists.

This year’s special event theme is The 12 Days of Christmas. Don’t miss it!

The Polar Express Train

When: Nov. 18-20, 23, 25-27, 2016 (see CCCR website for times)

Where: Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay

Tickets: Ticket prices vary

More Info: (888) 797-7245; Cape Cod Central Railroad

The delightful children’s story, The Polar Express, comes alive as you board the railroad’s festively decorated train cars for a ride to visit Santa and his elves.

As the train chugs along the tracks, everyone gets into the Holiday spirit with merry music, a reading of The Polar Express story, sweet treats, and mugs of hot cocoa.

Polar Express Train

The Polar Express Train Ride of Cape Cod

From USD$39.00 The Polar Express Train Ride of Cape Cod

Duration: 60 minutes

Departs: Bourne, Massachusetts

All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride™ comes to life this holiday season …
Of course, the Jolly Old gentleman himself will be there when the train stops just outside the North Pole, meeting and greeting everyone with a rousing “Ho, Ho, Ho!”.

What a fun way for the whole family to kick off the Holiday Season!

Eastham Turnip Festival

When: November 19, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road, Eastham

Admission: Free

More Info: Eastham Public Library / (508) 240-5950

Yes, you read that right … a turnip festival! The town of Eastham is famous for its turnips – the sweetest you’ll ever taste, courtesy of Cape Cod’s light sandy soil and sweet salt air.

This one-of-a-kind Cape Cod event celebrates the venerable hometown veggie with an afternoon full of games (turnip bowling, anyone?), fun contests for all ages, arts and crafts for the kids, live music, and lots of unique tastings from the turnip cook-off. Eastham turnips will be on sale, too, just in time for your Thanksgiving feast!

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

When: November 23, 2016, 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: High Pole Hill, Provincetown

Admission: No charge to watch Lighting Ceremony

More Info: (508) 487-1310 / Pilgrim Monument

The spectacular 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument dazzles the night sky with thousands of white lights, celebrating the Pilgrims’ First Landing in Provincetown in November 1620. Traditionally, the illumination of the Monument occurs precisely at 6 p.m., and the lights continue to shine through the first week of January.

Annual Chatham Turkey Trot

When: November 24, 2016, 7 – 8 a.m. registration

Where: Begins behind the Orpheum Theater on Main Street in Chatham

Entry Fee: Ages 17+ $15 plus a bag of non-perishable grocery items; ages 5-16 $5; under 5 free with one grocery item

More Info: Turkey Trot

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner on a fun, family friendly walk/run along 3.1 miles of Chatham’s scenic roads. This ever-popular annual event benefits the Lower Cape Outreach Council’s emergency programs.

Gardens Aglow

When: Weekends (Fri., Sat., Sun.) November 25 – December 18, 2016, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich

Admission: Adults $18; children $7; age 2 and under free

More Info: (508) 888-3300 ext. 175 / Heritage Museums & Gardens

Heritage Museums & Gardens is putting on the glitz again this Holiday Season with it’s treasured annual event – Gardens Aglow!

At this extra-special time of year, the good folks at Heritage adorn their acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands with more than 10 miles of twinkling, sparkling lights. It’s truly an awesome thing to see!

Come stroll throughout the grounds and buildings where you’ll enjoy festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, music and special performances, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains – and even a visit by some baby animals.

Holiday Open House at Nauset Model Railroad Club

When: Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m., from Thanksgiving through the end of December

Where: Nauset Model Railroad Club, Hilltop Plaza, Orleans

Admission: Free

More Info: Nauset Model Railroad Club

The Nauset Model Railroad Club’s Holiday Open House is a “don’t-miss” for model railroad fans of all ages. Over 2,000 feet of display space features a variety of model trains chugging and tooting through miniature scenes festively decorated for the Holidays.

Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree

When: November 26, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Lopes Square in Provincetown

Admission: Free

More Info: Lobster Pot Christmas Tree – FB Page

Made from 100+ lobster pots stacked over 2 stories high and decorated with ribbons, garland and thousands of festive lights, artist Julian Popko’s lobster pot Christmas tree will put you in the Holiday mood for sure.

Come watch the illumination of one of the coolest Christmas trees you’ll ever see!

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Welcoming The Newest Addition To Our Team

Sea Blue Company would like to welcome Jon Mohan to the team as our new Director of Sales. Jon is a long time sailor, with an impressive background in Customer Service. In addition, Mohan, as some folks call him, is an experienced entrepreneur with a strong passion for our oceans. Jon is a Cape Codder who knows the Cape & Islands well. We know our customers at Sea Blue are in the best hands with Jon aboard!