Wednesday night, over 100 people gathered at Padaco Event Venue to spend “An Evening with Young Entrepreneurs.”
Members of the first Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, or CEO, class hosted the evening event that boasted live entertainment courtesy of Washington High School students Clay Hatton and Caitlin Kamplain, a silent auction and meal catered by Carla’s Catering.
The CEO class, founded in Effingham, Ill., is open to high school juniors and seniors and meets for 90 minutes each day.
Guided by Washington High School teacher Bill Turner, the program turns local businesses into their classroom multiple times each semester.
Members of the class meet each morning before many of their classmates are out of bed. The group meets not only at local businesses but also hosts speakers.
John Buchanan, a Washington Catholic senior, spoke to members of the crowd before turning the microphone over to other students in the inaugural class.
“CEO is unique,” said Rachel May, WC senior and CEO member. “Businesses are our classrooms and our lessons.”
April Decker of WHS and Layne Fowler of WC also spoke about the CEO program.
“When I joined the class, I didn’t know what to expect,” said Decker. “But I’m extremely glad I took this class.”
Proceeds from the event, whose title sponsor was Williams Bros. Healthcare Pharmacy, will go to help cover expense for the trade show the students will put on in the spring. The trade show will feature each of the nine CEO students personal projects.
Other students in the class are Thomas Quast of Barr-Reeve, Michael Wittmer, Cristian Sanchez and Albert Carreon of Washington, and Evan Meadows of North Daviess.
To host members of the CEO class contact Turner at 259-1484.