Bond County CEO Program Welcomes New Students

Front row (l-r) Jaxon Fenton, Timothy Ordonez, Makayla Dothager, Emma Jackson, Noah Mayfield; Back row, (l-r) Dan Kester, Jonathan Barnes, Brock Thacker, Taylor Weiss, Ariana Williams, Sarah Brannon and Wyatt Criner. Not pictured is class member Kris Cook.

The Bond County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program welcomes 13 new CEO’s, representing Greenville and Mulberry Grove High Schools to join this year’s upcoming 2018-19 class.

The Bond County program will be entering its second year at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year with a new group of high school seniors-to-be set to participate in the real-life learning class.

The 2018-2019 Bond County CEO class includes Greenville High School students Daniel Kester, Jonathan Barnes, Brock Thacker, Taylor Weiss, Ariana Williams, Sarah Brannon, Noah Mayfield, Timothy Ordonez, Kris Cook and Jaxon Fenton and Mulberry Grove High School students Makayla Dothager, Emma Jackson and Wyatt Criner.

Throughout the program, program participants will have the opportunity for real life learning, through business visits, guest speakers, and one-on-one mentorship. By the end of the year, each CEO will have created their own functioning business, participated in a class business, and grown their network to dozens of business people and active leaders in the community.

Provided by the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship, the CEO Program is currently in 45 communities across the United States, impacting nearly 600 students each year and shaping the communities in which it takes place.

Small scale entrepreneurship- such as that supported in the CEO Program- has been proven to positively impact economic growth, and the cultivation of life skills such as those encouraged in the CEO Program, are undeniably helping to set our high schoolers up for success as they venture into life after high school.

The program will begin in August of this year, preceded by a summer orientation. For more information about Bond County CEO, visit

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