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App-developing high schooler a success story in self-starting

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He's a local teen who has already made a name for himself. You may not recognize it when you hear it, but you might be familiar with the apps he created.

Perry Waxman is just 18 but already a successful member of Apple Inc's Developer Network. It took years, a lot of research, hard work and sacrifice, but when Perry Waxman sets his mind on doing something, he does it.

More than 12,000 people worldwide have downloaded his apps.

He's a senior at Valley Lutheran High School, a straight-A student who excels in AP government and hangs out with his friends.

"He's a really good friend, he's a really good listener," says Georgia Black.

"He is probably one of the funniest guys that I know," says Jacob Meyer.

Perry Waxman has many talents. He's a senior member of a yo yo team for one, but he's also a young entrepreneur that has taken the tech world by storm.

"The thought of creating something out of nothing and just putting it on paper and designing it really was interesting to me so I did it," says Waxman.

He spent countless hours in front of his computer over a year researching, but this Arizona native taught himself how to "code," that is, write or create an app.

Shake to Punch!, and L&L, which stands for latitude and longitude, were his first two apps downloadable on any iPhone.

"A lot of tears, frustration and just trying to wrap your mind around something that is so abstract that it drives you insane."

"He's really good actually because I have seen how the coding can go and how painstaking it really gets and I don't think I could ever do it," says Meyer.

His friends love his apps. Waxman describes Shake to Punch as a simple entertainment app. He's already working on two more.

"When my first app got through I was ecstatic, I was so happy because I could have an impact on the world. I felt like I left a dent in the universe."

Waxman has already been accepted to Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, but is holding out hope for Harvard.

While he waits for that acceptance letter he's working on the new apps. He hopes to have those submitted to Apple in a few months.

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