CEO class photos

Members of this year’s Daviess County CEO Class include Becca McCarty, Melida Ajradinoska, Hallie Leischner, Makayla Sipes, Gretchen Kaiser, Kiera Waller, Hadley Faith Back row from left to right: Lara Santiago, Gracie Madison, Owen Jarrett, Burkley McCarthy, Jacob Davis and Mac Heacock.

While many students are likely counting down the days until Christmas vacation, students involved in the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities or CEO Class are counting down the days until An Evening with Youth Entrepreneurs is here.

“This is our class project,” said Jacob Davis, who said An Evening with Young Entreprenuers will be held at WestGate Academy on Jan. 13.

Lara Santiago said a silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30.

“Our meal will be provided by Sanders Catering,” said Hadley Faith. “We will have the choice of two entrees, parmesan chicken or pork chops, with several sides and desserts.”

Entertainment will be provided by comedian Rik Roberts. A regular on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Round Up, Roberts will keep guests laughing with his clean comedy.

“He does a Barney Fife impression,” said Mac Heacock, who said Robert’s act is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

The silent auction, always a staple of the event, will feature gift baskets, MLB tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, entertainment and restaurant vouchers and more.

“We are still accepting items for the silent auction,” said Gretchen Kaiser, adding the silent auction will end after dinner. “We will take auction items through Jan. 12.”

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“We have different levels of sponsorship,” said Kiera Waller who said sponsorships will be taken through Dec. 13.

Those sponsorships help to not only offset the cost of the evening but also provide funding for the CEO Class Trade Show that will take place in May and helps cover other costs associated with the class that meets before school.

Gracie Madison said students from Barr-Reeve, Washington and Washington Catholic are all involved in the program that is now in its seventh year and is under the direction of Bill Turner. While students do have a space where they meet, they spend much of their time outside that space.

“We visit local businesses where we get a chance to learn more about what they do and how they work,” said Madison, who said those visits help students prepare for their own businesses that will be on display in the spring.

Tickets for the event are $30 each or $150 for a table of six can can be purchased by calling 812-254-1500 or emailing

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