Star student for Nov. 13 |

Star student for Nov. 13

Amanda Cramer sat quietly while the boys in her mass production woods class bragged about how many all-purpose chairs they’d sell for the class’s business project.

Then, she quietly outsold all of them in half the time, beating the all-time single-sales record and earning herself $1,245.

Cramer pre-sold 81 chairs. Students in the class choose a project, make models and then get contracts to produce their project choice. The chairs are sold for $39.99 each, and students get to keep $15 from every sale, with the remainder used to purchase supplies.

They had six days to sell the chairs and netted 401 orders. Cramer sold her share in three days.

Now students will “set up factory” and start mass-producing the chairs.

“The purpose of the class is to give kids a real-life business experience,” teacher Craig Conrad said.

Cramer said she’s learned that persistence pays.

“I guess I just didn’t expect people to say ‘no,'” she said.

Cramer beat the record set last year by seven sales.

“I’m really proud of her,” Conrad said. “I can’t imagine what she’d have done if she had six days.”

Cramer is a Moffat County High School senior who earns straight As while working part time at McDonald’s.

She’ll graduate in May and plans to attend the University of Colorado or the Colorado School of Mines with a double major in economy and something in the field of science.

The money she’ll earn from her mass-production class likely will go toward tuition, she said.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or

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