CEO student Kade Kovarik greets a customer at his “Quacked Ice” business during the CEO Trade Show at Northland mall last week.
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Quacked Ice, Alli & Kallie's Theater Arts Camp, and Petite Pals aren't Fortune 500 Companies yet, but don't bet against them. The three companies were part of the 2018 CEO Trade Show, which is the culminating activity for area students who participate in the year long program.
Kallie Timmons, Kade Kovarik and Jasmine Haggard were the students from Prophetstown High School that were selected to be part of this year's class. The program offers high school students the chance to learn business skills not in a classroom, but in dozens of Sauk Valley area companies with the owners sharing their experiences and expertise. About twenty students make up the class each year after an application and selection process. The students visit local companies or attend presentations by business leaders each morning in the Sterling -Rock Falls-Dixon area. The program culminates in last week’s event, which involves each student starting and operating their own business applying the skills they have learned during the year.
Timmons had a bit of a jump on peers as she began a business four years ago with the help of her friend Alli Hogue. The two began offering a theater arts camp for one week each summer for students from Kindergarten though 5th grade. Timmons is no stranger to the stage.
She has been a dancer the majority of her life and has been in several productions at PHS and Timber Lake Playhouse. This summer she will be a cast member in in the TLP productions of Beauty and the Beast and Fiddler on the Roof. She is finishing her school year at Sauk Valley Community College where she is a student in Sauk's Academy program offered to a select group of high school seniors. She plans on attending Sauk again next year.
As part of the CEO program each student is given a mentor and Timmons may have felt a little more pressure with hers as it is has been SVCC President Dr. David Hellmich. "He has been awesome and I was so glad to have him as a mentor," said Timmons.
The camp will be held in Morrison starting August 6th. For more information contact Timmons at email@example.com
Quacked Ice is a shaved ice operation that is the brainchild of Kade Kovarik. As you may have guessed it's not your conventional frozen treat stand. Kovarik admits he is a big fan of comedy and also has a strange affinity to ducks, enhanced by his ride on an amphibious vehicle (duck boat) last September.
But with Kovarik is not just about a unique company name. His business is mobile in a very unconventional way. He decided instead of "pushing around a heavy cart" he has mounted his operation atop of a 1967 golf cart that was owned by his grandfather.
He actually kicked off his business during HOPE week at PHS a few weeks ago and sold over 120 treats in one day. He has plans of taking the business on the road over the summer bringing his flavored ice operation to the Prophetstown Park District's ball games and some special events in Sterling.
Speaking about his CEO experience he said."It was like a mini college, that made me much more professional in my actions and speech. I also met nineteen other kids that were awesome."
Succulents have become quite popular in the past few years, which gave Jasmine Haggard the idea to start "Petite Pals", selling small versions of the plants that need very little care. While she has no plans to continue to operate the business she sold around 90 on the first day of the show.
She works part-time at Bloom-a-Latte in Prophetstown, which also influenced her decision to sell plants. She offered two-inch plants for $5, three-inch for $7, and a grouping of six for $20.
She also had big praise for the CEO experience,"I loved it, especially the networking that I was able to do. It helped me to grow as a person, become more respected by adults, and taught me how to have conversations with business people"
She will be attending Sauk Valley in the fall as part of the Sauk Scholars program, which gives her twelve free credit hours each semester.