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Staff photo/Gabriella CruzFour girls from West Middle School will be selling their homemade products – dog treats and air-freshener – from SoleAmour in downtown Andover. Standing with store owner Stephanie Sipley, middle, are, from left, Lily Meola and Chloe Smith, who designed an all-natural air-freshener, and, at right, Madison Ros and Shea Krekorian, both 13, who created organic dog treats.

For four West Middle School students, a school project turned into a chance to experience real-life entrepreneurship before they even apply for college.

In Debra Freilich’s seventh grade math class, students were given an assignment to create a mock business plan to learn the aspects of business finances and entrepreneurship. The class’s projects were judged by a panel of five judges, who all have ties to Andover.

Shea Krekorian, 13, and Madison Ros, 13, created M&S Dogelicious Treats, dog treats made from 100 percent natural ingredients. Lily Meola, 14, and Chloe Smith, 13, are the creators of Aroma Flora, and developed an all natural air freshener.

The girls thought their creations wouldn’t go further than Freilich’s classroom, but to their surprise, one of the judges had a different idea.

Stephanie Sipley owns SoleAmour, a boutique in downtown Andover, and after taking home some of the winning treats and sprays, offered the girls a space to sell their products. Sipley not only gave the two groups free retail space, but also paid for product packaging and processing fees.

“As a small business owner and resident of Andover, I loved the idea of being able to support these girls,” Sipley said. “My hope is to encourage more young entrepreneurs to test their dreams.”

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