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Grass is always greener

Senior Matthew Almy started in his own lawn care business that serves homeowners around the community
Courtesy of Matthew Almy
Senior Matthew Almy poses with his money making machine, his lawnmower.

Senior Matthew Almy’s locally grown lawn care business is cutting out the competition.

Almy created his business, Texan Lawn Care, where he mows and trims lawns for local clients. He started the company in order to “make some extra money” and has benefited from the adjustable schedule, where he can manage what days and when he works. He mows depending on when works best for his clients and charges based on the size of the lawn.

“I worked at Heritage Ranch for a little bit, but it just wasn’t working out,” Almy said. “The hours are a lot more flexible [now].”

Spanish teacher Seth Sartain was Almy’s very first client.

“He was talking about [the business] to a friend and I asked him about it because my wife and I had just bought our first house and we didn’t have a lawnmower yet,” Sartain said. “He would come out and I

Courtesy of Matthew Almy
Almy is pictured here when we was two years old mowing the lawn with his toy mower.

knew that he had already played baseball games that day, but he would come out, do a great job, shake my hand, and had a great attitude.”

Almy said that although he had to learn to manage his business, the process was simple to begin due to previous experience.

“I learned that you have to be organized,” Almy said. “I created a spreadsheet of all my clients and then try to stay neat. We had most of the lawn equipment already and we just needed to buy a trailer and then I bought some advertisements for my truck.”

Junior Nick Garcia, a friend of Almy, also learned the importance of time management after Almy recruited him as his main coworker.

“He kind of just brought it up after baseball and asked me if I wanted to help him mow some lawns, and I was like ‘Sure, I could use some cash,’” Garcia said. “It’s a pretty fun job working with a friend. It’s

Courtesy of Matthew Almy
Matthew Almy, founder of Texas Lawn Care, has personalized magnets for his car and business cards.

taught me to manage my hours, to go mow lawns and then also work on homework and manage baseball too.”

Sartain pointed out that Almy’s youth has not prevented him from running a professional business.
“[This business is] run by a high-schooler and has been for two years now,” Sartain said. “That’s really impressive because he’s super-professional, but he’s so young. It’s surprising, and he’s doing a great job at it.”

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Continuing into her fourth year on staff, senior Lulu Butler serves as TRL’s Managing and A+E Editor, and she is eager to start another amazing year alongside her fellow editors. After joining newspaper in the eighth grade on a whim, Lulu quickly found a passion for writing, leading, and teaching and has been hooked ever since. Lulu is also involved in other areas around the school including Student Council, NHS, and Class Council where she excitedly serves as the Senior Class Vice President. Besides taking naps, Lulu’s favorite activity is dancing, and she can almost always be found at her dance studio. Friends of Lulu’s will even attest to that fact that she is in the studio more than her own home. Lulu finds most of her happiness within the simple pleasures of life- that is eating good food, napping, shopping, long drives, the lake, church, hanging out with friends and family, sunsets, laughing, Friday night football games, sweatshirts and the list goes on. As she enters her final year of high school, Lulu is eager to progress in her writing, learn, make new friendships and maybe grow a few inches too. Although she is unsure of what’s in store for her future, Lulu is sure of that fact that she’ll be dancing and laughing all the way through.

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