Sean Sandrock, a PHS graduate and soon to be freshman at Eureka College, concluded his high school career by taking home several awards from the week’s CEO trade show.
The trade show is an annual event put on by the Whiteside Area Career Center, CEO class made up of selected local area high school students. The show was postponed from its original dates in May due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The group decided to push forward with the event despite the cancellation and held it this week at the Sterling Marketplace. The show requires students to create a business and sell a product or service.
Sandrock sold fudge that he made based on a recipe from his great-grandmother. He also was the project manager for a book. “Life On Hold”, that was produced by the CEO students journaling about their experiences during the pandemic.
Students are given a loan from the program to start their business with the hope of paying the loan back and perhaps make a profit. After two nights of selling Sandrock was able to do both.
In addition to his selling success he received three awards and a scholarship at the conclusion of the show. Sandrock was awarded “Best Business Plan, Booth and Salesmanship for the event. He also received the “GRIT” Award (Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity). The award was presented to him by his CEO facilitator LeAndra Hartman which is based on the entire body of a student’s work during the year. The honor also came with a $500 scholarship.
The third award, “Get The Job Done”, was voted on by Sandrock’s classmates for his leadership qualities.
Sandrock plans on majoring in Political Science and Pre-Law.