Meet The Crew! Part 2

Meet The Crew! Part 2


Meet Some More Members

By Ethan Mejzak

In this blog post, I will tell you more about two of our wonderful members here at AppsCo, Maryjane and Ethan. I will post what they directly wrote to me, and add on some nice things that I like about them!

Hi everyone! I’m Maryjane, but a lot of people call me MJ (I like either name) I’m involved in golf and soccer at Richwoods High School! I am on robotics team 1756. I plan on joining a lot of clubs this school year. I love to redecorate my room! Some might say I have unhealthy obsessions with Chick-Fil-A and High School Musical. What I like about MJ is that she is very nice, funny, a hard worker, and has some very good taste in music. She brings a good attitude to AppsCo, and we are glad to have her!

Hi guys, my name is Ethan. I like to participate in school and outside of the community a lot in Peoria. I am involved in Chess club, DND, Habitat for Humanity, Key club, Spanish club, and Knights in Shining Armour. I volunteer around animal shelters usually, as I am a big advocate for adopting animals that need homes. My hobbies include playing video games, and watching TV, mostly sports. I plan on joining Interact Club this year, where I can help out my school and community even more. If I had to pick a favorite food, color, and song, I’d say spaghetti, blue, and no song. I don’t listen to music a lot. People always ask why I don’t, and I usually don’t have a reason. I guess it just isn’t appealing to me. I’m glad that I was able to join AppsCo, as it has given me an experience I never thought I would get. I like Ethan because he has a great sense of humour. He has a good attitude, and enjoys working for AppsCo.

That was only a few of our wonderful members here at AppsCo. We will create more posts about our memebers at later dates, so stay tuned for more meet AppsCo posts!


Experience AppsCo’s Rise Up Event!

Experience AppsCo’s Rise Up Event!


By: Ethan Mejzak

The Event

Join AppsCo in our effort to give the youth the power to be the next business and civil leaders. On September 19th, at the Venue Chisca, you will be able to join AppsCo in a fundraising event, in which the proceeds go directly to supporting academic excellence in Peoria High Schools. The event chairs are Elizabeth and Alexis Khazzam, in which Alexis, the founder of AppsCo will talk about empowering today’s youth.

appsco’s goals

AppsCo started out as an after school club at Richwoods, and has expanded into a company striving to improve the community. At AppsCo, we wish strive daily to help improve our community in Peoria, and expanding our program to other people. Our vision is to help the community by not just developing apps, but helping out in the community as well. We value the community above all else, and strive to help out. We have helped out the community a lot over the past years, developing two apps and raising money for districts around Peoria. Our aim at the Rise Up event is so we can raise money to further help Peoria, and make it a better place overall.

We hope to see you at the event!

At AppsCo, we hope see you at the event this September to raise money for our public schools and community. With these donations, we want to help expand classrooms at Richwoods High School and Manual High School, as well as put AppsCo into Peoria High School by this fall.


I Saw Come From Away and I Had A Whole New Perspective

I Saw Come From Away and I Had A Whole New Perspective



By Carolina Remond

It’s two weeks before junior year is going to start and I’m longing for one last adventure. So, to fulfill this wish, a dear friend and I buy tickets to see a show in Chicago on Saturday. We found tickets for a great deal and the musical? Come From Away. Come From Away is a highly awarded show, so we were very lucky to snag tickets so close to the show’s date.


 Come From Away is a musical that tells the story of the thirty-eight planes that were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland after the events of September 11th, 2001. There were about 7,000 people on those thirty-eight planes and the musical tells the story of the town coming together to welcome, support, and take care of the strangers that landed on their doorstep (or rather, in their airport!)

The original Broadway cast!

The entire musical is told by twelve actors who each play multiple roles. We hear of the struggles to contact family members, friends and bosses, the scramble to find enough food and supplies for 7,000 people, and the slow build of friendship between the Gander residents and plane passengers. The show itself is positive and optimistic, and the cheery personalities of the Newfoundlanders kept me smiling for 90 minutes. I wish the show was longer because I wanted to absorb it all just a little bit more. 


I loved all the songs but I think Welcome to the Rock is definitely my favorite overall. The beat, the dialogue intermixed with singing, the entire company involved- it’s brilliant. Believe me when I tell you though, it is so hard to sing all the parts.

Me having an AMAZING time!

Seeing Come From Away was an incredible experience and taught me that, with kindness, you can make someone’s day, week, or even year.              

Despite the smile, I was sad it was over


Comment your favorite musicals below!

Meet The Crew! Intro

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Get to Know Us!


New year, new Appsco. The Appsco team has some fresh blood and we are prepared to represent Appsco to the fullest. With fourteen new members,  we have a lot to offer. Appsco is such a phenomenal organization because it really helps connect high school students to the working class. The next few posts will star our stellar new members.

Summer fun at Amanda’s!




Brianna Hill


Brianna is a junior at Richwoods High School. She participates in many extracurricular activities, and is in the International Baccalaureate Program, which encourages academic achievement and challenging classes.


Brianna is a hard worker and received the Deirdre Purcell Collins Math Award which recognizes top scores on standardized tests and excellent classroom performance.  Brianna also helps out the school through her position on student council. She has been on student council for six years and she plans to continue throughout the rest of high school. Brianna is apart of robotics where she participates in the mechanical sub-team. Her team, Robot Casserole, won a regional championship and made it to the World Championship in 2018.



Brianna is a fantastic team player and we love that she’s involved in so many activities. She participates in track, the Royalette dance team, Spanish club, and Key Club, which is an organization that goes out into the community and volunteers year round. Through this club she has volunteered at the Peoria Zoo, Civic Center, Midw est Food Bank, and many other places. Brianna is on our Twitter team for Appsco and is always super great at interacting with our followers! 

This is the first of our member introductions and i can’t wait for you guys to keep meeting us! We have a lot to show you. Helping out our community is our favorite activity but we have many other pastimes that we love too!

Comment your hobbies and interests below!


Wildlife Prairie Park: Olde English Faire

Wildlife Prairie Park: Olde English Faire

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By: Ethan Mejzak

Wildlife Prairie Park is host to many events that are held year round and give people many different things to do when you visit. One of these events is the Olde English Faire, which was held on June 21st through June 23rd is one of Wildlife’s biggest events and is a medieval faire. There are many different things you can do, with shows, shops and attractions that will keep your attention for the whole day! I will discuss some of the things that I saw and my overall experience at the faire.


The attractions at the Olde English Faire were interesting to see and look at, as I watched many people participate in them. The two most popular attractions were the axe-throwing and archery attractions. For axe-throwing, you could pay money to get 3 or 5 axes and throw them at a target. There wasn’t a prize for hitting them, but the fun came from throwing actual axe and seeing if you could hit the target. It was much harder than it looked, as there was specific ways to hold and throw the axe, as the people working it didn’t want you to injure yourself. The other attraction was archery, and it was pretty straightforward. You could pay money to be able to shoot a bow and arrow at a target that was around 30-50 feet away. It was also pretty tough to work, as putting the arrow in the bowstring isn’t easy. I didn’t get close to a bulls-eye at all, but neither did anyone else that I watched, so that made me feel a little better about myself. All in all, I thought the attractions were a good way to interest people in doing something they haven’t tried before.



The faire had a lot of shops filled with various goods everywhere. The faire had a ton of variety on what you could look at and buy, with loads of interesting shops. The shops that interested me the most are the places that had weapons, or crowns, rings and necklaces with unique designs. The shops with weapons had lots of custom swords with uniquely designed sheaths and handles. I looked at a lot of them, and saw a really cool sword that I liked, but then realized that all I was going to do with it was display it, then eventually lose it. The other shop that had caught my attention was a crown, ring and necklace store that had beatifically crafted items that were amazing to look at. They allowed people to try the crowns on, and I have to say that I didn’t look half bad with one on. The shops were a nice to go into and look around, with a lot of items that would interest you.


The shows were my favorite part of the faire, with every show being entertaining in its own right. The first show I saw was a show called the “knotty bits pirate circus” it was a comedy show with some acrobatics thrown into it. It was very entertaining, and was a great way to start the day. Another show that I saw was a show where they showed off different kinds of birds, ranging from hawks to owls. What I liked was how they explained how the animals would be used in medieval times. The biggest show however, was the jousting match. You could go into to two different stands where two different knights would compete against each other in four games, a game where you use your lance to collect rings, one where they hit a shield and see how many times it goes around, a game where you see how much of a melon you can cut, and lastly, the match against the other knight. Both times I went, both sides were very into the match and it was very entertaining to watch. Sadly, my knight lost both times. Overall, the shows were very fun to watch, and kept me entertained.


Overall, my experience with the faire was very enjoyable to go to and participate in, and I would recommend you to go next year if you are able. If you haven’t been to an English faire before, I believe that this would be a good place to start.


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Wildlife Prairie Park: The Basics

Wildlife Prairie Park: The Basics

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By Johnathon Kraus

    National parks are one of the many prides of America. From Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, there are almost 85 million acres to explore! One of these fantastic parks is based right here in Peoria! Wildlife Prairie Park, officially known as the Hazel & Bill Rutherford Wildlife Prairie Park has around 1,700 acres to roam.  Recently, Appsco has partnered with Wildlife Prairie Park, to provide an all-access electronic guide to one of the best parks in the Central Illinois area! From maps of the many trails that wind throughout the park, to a list of attractions to spice up your trip, our app does it all! Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the Wildlife Prairie Park App

Main screen of the app


Features of the app

The Wildlife Prairie Park app has loads to offer, from attractions situated around the park to ways you can stay right inside of nature!With a click of a button, you can choose which trails you want to hike, what seasonal activities are available, and you can even give the friendly staff at WPP a call. With our app, the fun doesn’t have to stop all day! Also included are downloadable PDF files for the maps of the park, so even when your service quits, you don’t have to. The WPP app helps you do it all! 

How do I download this amazing app?

Our app is downloadable FOR FREE on IOS and Android. Just use the keywords “Wildlife Prairie Park” to easily find us!

Have any questions?

Don’t worry, it’s all good! Appsco representatives are available at Wildlife Prairie Park to help you out in any way necessary. Also, located in the top right corner of the app is a phone number to the WPP staff, where they can also help you navigate our amazing app. With all of that said, we at the Appsco team wish you happy hiking!

We love hiking too!
How Communication Affects a Business

How Communication Affects a Business

   By: Sarah Alasquar
Communication affects businesses because that is how others in the community are able to know more about you. If there wasn’t such thing as communication then it would be hard to get what you’re trying to promote across to people.
    There are good things that can come from having communication in a business. For example, if your business meets someone from the government or anyone important, the public can hear, from any source of communication, about what your business does, and with that it can boost your business and get attention from more people. But besides inside the business, people can use communication to get their business more well known by telling their close friends and family more about their business, and by telling those people, your business can begin to be more well known in your community, hopefully even further.
     But communication can also be bad for a business. For example, if something happens within the business and the it gets involved with a lawsuit or some sort of consequence, it will make the whole company look bad and can affect in the present and even in the future. Also with that, it could probably make you have to end your business because it won’t be meeting the goals that are set and the business might not be getting profit or whatever they need to be getting. 
    In conclusion, communication plays a big role in your business because without it your business won’t be doing the best it can potentially do. It just a convenient way to let more people know the purpose of your business. There are obviously more benefits and drawbacks about having communication in a business, but these are just a couple.
Benefits of Teamwork in Business

Benefits of Teamwork in Business


By: Dina Taher & Shaelyn Johnson


Teamwork is essential to maintaining a successful business. If faculty staff and management cannot properly communicate, the workplace is going to be divided. Communication and teamwork allow for others ideas to be shown in the workplace. Incorporating multiple opinions and views on an issue may create the best solution for factors such as budgeting, logistics and convenience. Lack of communication creates problems in making decisions and also in finding out what work is being done throughout the company.  If you decide to work on a project, communicating what you are doing to your peers helps to get more ideas into the mix and can make a potentially better end result.

No one person knows everything or can do everything right, but when you combine multiple minds that have different perceptive and idea you can make one very big and intelligent end result. In most businesses they have certain roles and task they have to fulfill to help the business succeed. That right there is teamwork without people even realizing it! You may not be working directly with people but the work that you do can help the entire business flourish.

An example of good team work in a business is AppsCo! In our business everyone has a specific and valuable role in the company. Without our technology team we would not have apps for the marketing team to market out or for the sales team to try and pitch about. Without the multi-media team we would not have content to post on our other social medias, and last but not least without our leaders we wouldn’t have people to help push and motivate us to do all of our work from each department.


Without teamwork it’s very hard for a business to reach its full potential!

AppsCo Class: In Session!

AppsCo Class: In Session!


By:Shaelyn Johnson & Mariah Cooley


School is in session here at Richwoods High School! And the new AppsCo class is jammed back with new students who are ready to learn and succeed! The AppsCo class here at Richwoods is taught by Mr.Parker Gross and the class is full of eager freshmen and sophomores who are eager to get into AppsCo and learn what we’re all about.

We went to the AppsCo class today during our study hall to go see what they were learning and working on, the past few days they were filling out all of the information about what their interested in and the departments they would potentially want to be in. They also took a Cliffton’s Strength Finder’s Test to find their 5 core personality traits that make them who they are. Today the students got to talk to Ann Oliver who was talking about their strengths finders test and she coaches them on their Strength’s Finder test results. The students then got assigned a pretty cool assignment! They worked in groups of 4 and did a powerpoint, poster, or even experiment to show how all of their strengths can go together and make a successful team!  Each student also did a 30 second pitch about their strengths and what they think about them, how they help them, and what they learned about themselves from seeing their strengths.

The students are taking a great start on AppsCo and learning so much so they can start doing more for the company!

Back to School Tips 2018

Back to School Tips 2018


By:Shaelyn Johnson


Back to school time is looming over us and it’s time to start thinking about what you can do this next school year to  make it the best and most productive one yet! The beginning of the school year is the most exciting time of the year, you find out your classes, meet new people, and have football and other sport games that you can attend. After the 1st month of school some people loose their motivation and drive but here are some tips that can help you have a great 2018-2019 school year!

  1. 1. Set goals for yourself!
  2. Setting small or large goals for yourself can  help push you to finish a task faster or better! If you have a boat-load of work on your plate you can set goals that you want to get a certain one done on a certain day or time. Once you accomplish that goal it helps you feel better and you have 1 less thing on your plate.

2. Ask for help!

-If you don’t understand a concept or a question don’t be afraid to ask the teacher for help! You may feel like its a “dumb question” but nothing is ever a dumb question! If you don’t/can’t ask your teacher ask a friend or peer about it and if they know they could help you understand it better.


-Yes, everything can be stressful at times but make time for yourself where you don’t think about the pressures of school. Hang out with friends, go on a walk, or do yoga to help calm your mind and chill out. Everything will get done at some point so don’t drive yourself insane!

4.Have fun!

-Go to a football game, have a sleepover, or a bonfire! Do something fun with your friends and family, don’t lock yourself in your room 24/7 !