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PCHS Students Hold Holiday Sale

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - While over 200 students were performing inside the doors of Port Chester High School's auditorium on Wednesday night, about 50 students set up shop outside the auditorium doors and delivered a performance of a different ilk.

In addition to providing patrons with the opportunity to see some quality entertainment, the school also provided students with an opportunity to set up a holiday sale in the hallway leading up to the show.

"It's all about making deals," freshman Luis Morales said. "We mark the price up and then say 'well you can have it for this' to get them to buy," Morales added with a smile.

According to junior Forrest Nazae, the event is set up and run by economics and entrepreneurship teacher Thomas Josephson.

"Mr. Joe takes us into the city for a day and we get to buy whatever we think will say," Nazae said in front of his table. "Some people are in groups and some are by themselves".

Nazae added that Josephson gives the students fifty dollars to buy product, and allows the students keep half of the money they make.

"It's gets pretty competitive," Nazae said. "We even have to share a table with the competition," Nazae added pointing to the other end of the table.

Nazae's partner, Markelle Ortiz, does most of the soliciting, while Nazae handles the money.

"It's pretty cool," Nazae said holding a roll of singles. "You get to know the business side of some things."

While Nazae's partner Ortiz patrols mostly in front of their table, senior Orlando Coyt employs a different approach by bopping around to different tables and trying to steal away competitors customers.

"I work at the flea market on the weekends," Coyt said. "So I have some experience trying to get people to buy."

Coyt has chosen to be part of a three man team, joining forces with Luis Morales, and Junior Jose Reyes. The three, like most other teams, offered new year's glasses, Santa hats, winter gloves, rosaries, and even jewelry.

"We've been doing okay," Coyt said, "But it's time to start making more."

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