High school whiz kid develops apps, runs own businesses


by Tami Hoey


Posted on April 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 11:10 PM

PHOENIX -- While most kids his age are "buying'" apps on their cell phones, we met a teen who's actually "creating" them!

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, Scott Pasmore introduced us to 18 year old Perry Waxman.

The high school senior has already created two apps for IOS, through Apple's  developer network. "Anyone can do it," he says. "It just takes patience, time and effort to figure it out."

The apps are called "Shake to Punch" and "L&L", for latitude and longitude. More than 12,000 people worldwide have already downloaded his apps.

Perry's third app is already in the planning stages. He showed us the early sketches of his ideas, and says that this is something other kids could do, too. "The resources are almost unlimited," Perry says. "You can do whatever you want with it. Nothing is stopping you besides yourself."

The highly motivated teen also DJs on the side, and is starting his own clothing line. "It's called Waxman Creations," he says. "It's a clothing line for skateboarders."

He's also a yo-yo champ. "I just went to a store one day, saw a bunch of people yo-yo-ing, and thought it was cool, so I started it," he says. In his free time, if there is any, he enjoys a hobby of astrophotography.

If all that isn't enough, Perry finds time to mentor other students as well. He serves as a a Life Leader at Valley Lutheran High School. He's also a straight-A student who excels in AP government.

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