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Los Altos High student balances high school and entrepreneur work


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School student Sienna Pagett sells socks through her apparel line at Impact Design Co. The senior spends her free time involved in a host of entrepreneurial pursuits.

Most high school students remain busy juggling college applications, attending club meetings, playing sports and carrying a full class load. But for one Los Altos High senior, student life is not enough.

Sienna Pagett, a self-proclaimed multitasker, oversees public relations for the nonprofit organization LyfeCycle, which provides bicycles to youths in impoverished countries; co-founded Lemona Software, a startup that builds websites and apps; and runs her own fashion blog and apparel company, Impact Design Co.

On top of her entrepreneurial pursuits, she participated in cheerleading, Model United Nations, Speech and Debate, National Honor Society, four high school choirs and SAT/ACT preparation.

“I have learned that you need to take advantage of every opportunity you’re given – and high school holds so many opportunities,” she said.

Motivated teens

What do all of Pagett’s extracurricular activities have in common? They’re all run by groups of motivated teens.

“Our goal is to empower youth to be able to really take a hold of their future,” said Pagett of LyfeCycle. “We understand that we have so many opportunities within the United States – to really decide where we want to go and take our future in our own hands. We want to be able to give that opportunity to other people.”

Pagett and her peers acknowledge the advantages they’ve had in their lives and aim to use their energy and passion to spread goodwill far and wide.

“What is really awesome about the nonprofit and the development company is that it is all team-based, which I really like,” she said. “I think there is a lot more mutual respect when you are dealing with someone the same age.”

Through her work with other teens, Pagett said she has learned many lessons about how to collaborate – what works and what doesn’t. Her dealings have inspired her to pursue a career in international business law.

“My dream would be to take different companies that have dysfunctions in their political atmospheres and to be able to mitigate that between two different companies and bring them together to create a mutually beneficial partnership.”

Since she was young, Pagett has learned to find the value in every situation she encounters.

“There is always excitement in absolutely everything that comes your way, and I think that is something I’ve really learned,” she said. “Just when you are meeting people, there is always a story to be told from them – there is always some sort of skill they have to offer.”

Balanced lifestyle

Pagett said she finds entrepreneurship addictive, and while she understands why some people defer college to follow their business aspirations, she only sees the positives in continuing her education.

“I believe in a very balanced lifestyle,” she said. “I don’t believe in pursuing one thing until the end and then neglecting all the others.”

Keeping herself busy, Pagett said LyfeCycle recently reached its fundraising goal, is set to begin its next bicycle distribution this month and achieved nonprofit status. Lemona Software is on the hunt for interested high school and college students with web and app experience for internships or as part-time hires. Lemona currently serves five to 15 clients per month.

Impact – Pagett’s apparel line – is undergoing a redesign and product development process, with hopes to relaunch next summer. She also recently redesigned her blog, with plans to introduce a new series of interviews with young female entrepreneurs.

For more information on Pagett’s many efforts, visit siennapagettblog.weebly.com.

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