For the past school year, 11 seniors in the Montgomery County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program have toured businesses all over the county, talked to successful business owners and put together a class business selling Christmas merchandise.
This week, all their hard work paid off at the annual Trade Show, where each student showcased his or her own personal business. The well-attended event was held Thursday afternoon, April 27, just outside The Abbey on Broad Street in downtown Hillsboro.
Each student had a booth to sell products or highlight services they offer to community members.
Bobo’s Tough Toys was created by Maia Casterline of Nokomis High School. She makes sturdy dog toys out of used fire hoses.
Flawless M Prints was created by MaKynna Johnson of Nokomis High School. She makes custom T-shirts.
Knodle Water Hauling was created by Kendall Knodle of Nokomis High School. He provides water hauling services to fill pools, wells and septic systems.
Make My Daisy was created by Courtney Meyer of Lincolnwood High School. She creates home decor and personalized signs.
Wilderness Design Co. was created by Sam Terneus of Lincolnwood High School. He creates hand-crafted, wood-burned American flags, bookshelves and wall decor, bow racks, deer mounts and more.
Wright Repair was created by Griffin Wright of Hillsboro High School. He offers repair to cell phones and computers.
Back Into Baking was created by Monica Dudek of Nokomis High School. She provides homemade desserts for local events.
Kates Retail Arbitrage was created by Filip Kates of Nokomis High School. He specializes in hard to find collectibles, like shoes, clothing and trading cards.
Loafman Detailing was created by Dawsen Loafman of Nokomis High School. He specializes in car detailing.
Brooke’s Housekeeping was created by Brook Ozier of Hillsboro High School. She created a house cleaning business.
Moco Marketing was created by Colin Woods-Butler of Hillsboro High School. His business is designed to help local businesses with their marketing needs.
Near the end of this year’s event, winners were announced from the personal businesses. Maia Casterline won the Best CEO Booth Award, which was voted on by those who attended the Trade Show. Dawsen Loafman won the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and Sam Terneus won the Class of 2021 Most Deserving CEO Award. MaKynna Johnson and Brook Ozier won the Outstanding CEO Perseverance Awards, presented by Patton and Company in Hillsboro.
Before concluding, next year’s class of CEO students from around Montgomery County were introduced. They will have their first orientation on May 25.
New students in next year’s class include Elaan Bader and Cameron Crow of Litchfield High School, Ayden Brewer and Ethan Lentz of Hillsboro High School, Landon Engelman, Matthew Hill and Presley Lamb of Nokomis High School and Timothy Ensley, Samantha Jackson, Cora Stevens, Kaden Weakley and Luke Webb of Lincolnwood High School.