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Breje first learned about sound and lighting in high school by volunteering to help TSA Productions, which does school productions at Westminster. Brian Mitchell, owner of the Elk Grove Village company, later employed Breje as an intern and freelancer.

As for college, that’s not in the cards.

“Now that I’m doing what I want to do, I just think about, ‘Why not keep doing it and learn in the real sense?’” Breje said.

Robert Whitt and his wife, Stacy, are supportive of the decision to focus on the business at a time when many of Breje’s peers will be heading off to college.

“I think we can miss - with the school system thinking that every kid is supposed to advance to college - we miss looking at, ‘What gift does that kid have that we can build up?’” he said. “If it’s education, great, but if it’s something else, how can we tap into building it?”

Julie Chapman, Westminster’s fine arts director, agrees.

“In all my years of teaching, Breje’s definitely the most exceptional young man I’ve met on very different levels,” she said.

When his age comes up in a business setting, reactions can be mixed, Breje acknowledged.

“I don’t have the time to say, ‘I’ve done this and this.’ I’m trusting that once I get older, things start coming. A lot of people do know what I can do and a lot of people are impressed. It’s up to them if they want to use me or not.”

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Source: (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald, http://bit.ly/1c7pZNn

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com