The Regional CEO Pitch featured a group of young entrepreneurs from the multi-county CEO program in Mt. Sterling, Illinois. High school students from McDonough, Hancock, Pike, Brown and Schuiler counties pitched their business ideas to three judges.

The program aims to teach students how to become responsible young adults, emphasizing the importance of maturity and commitment. Participants like Macy McCombs, the creator of Macy’s Meals, emphasized the seriousness of the program, stating that it is not for those who want to simply have fun. Students in the CEO program have found the experience invaluable in developing their communication and life skills.

Justice Keene was awarded first place for his local broadcast ‘Bomber Sports Network’, Carly Gallaher received second place for her home health care service for the elderly ‘Carly’s Kare’ and Wesley McEwen was third for his 3D printing service ‘Dream 3D’. These young entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to showcase their businesses at a trade show on April 12 at Crossing Camp in Rushville, Illinois, open to the public.

By Samantha Johnson

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