Meet The CEO Class of 2018

Emma Schoth

My name is Emma Schoth. I am a senior at Mount Pulaski High School. To stay actively

involved in my school, I participate in softball, cheer, student council, FCCLA, National Honor

Society, Drama Club, and year book staff. I have always been passionate about psychology

and mental health research. After high school I plan to attend DePaul University to major in

psychology. Through CEO, I will have the opportunity to create a business that relates to my

major, and I am very excited about that. I would like to thank all of the CEO investors for this

amazing opportunity to get out of the classroom, and have a new experience.

Hayley Matson

Never in just one week did I think and feel like I’ve changed so much. My name is Hayley Matson, and I am a current Land of Lincoln CEO student. I am a senior at Hartsburg-Emden High School, and I cannot express how excited I am for this year! I serve as Vice President for my graduating high school class as well as the National Senior Division Beta Club Vice President at my high school. I love talking with people, being involved, and taking every opportunity that I can. I consider myself to be unbelievably blessed to be a part of the Land of Lincoln CEO family. I’m very excited to see where the year will take all of us here, and how far we all will go! To all the investors, mentors, and everyone who has pushed me to join CEO, thank you for everything you do for us!

Talia Andrade

My name is Talia Andrade. I am a senior at Hartsburg-Emden and have attended this school since the 8th grade. I am originally from Arizona and lived there most of my life. I am really excited for CEO because of all of the new opportunities that are going to open up for me. I want to thank all of the investors that support our program and make this all possible.

Lyndsay Long

My name is Lyndsay Long, I'm a junior at Lincoln Community High School. I play soccer for the

high school. After I graduate I plan on going to college and majoring in business while

continuing to play soccer. I am really excited that I have the opportunity to be in this program,

and I know there will be a lot of things that I will be able to accomplish through it. I want to thank

all of the people and companies who invest in CEO, and for letting all of us have the opportunity

to be a part of it.

Austin Hayes

Austin Hayes, son of Aaron and Jennifer Hayes, is a Junior attending Hartsburg-Emden High School. He is involved in basketball, baseball, Senior Beta President and student council. He joined CEO to build connections and to create new opportunities to help him follow his dreams. He plans to go to college and travel the world to gain more experience and connections while also stepping out of his comfort zone. He is incredibly thankful to all the investors and everyone responsible for making this program possible.

Dustyn Gaston

Dustyn is a junior in high school. He enjoys sports, outdoors activities, friends and family. A well-rounded person mixed with good work ethic sets him apart from others. Dustyn joined CEO because it will prepare him for his future career. He plans to become a successful CEO. Dustyn is grateful to the investors for this opportunity and wants to thank them.

Felipe Buenrostro

I'm Felipe Buenrostro and I'm excited to be a part of this program. Currently I'm a senior

at Mount Pulaski High School wanting to get a head start before heading to Chicago to study

international business. I've participated in leadership positions at the state level, but I've always

have felt that the business aspect has been lacking. Through recommendations from friends and

my own curiosity, I've found CEO. I believe this program was meant for me. To all the investors,

thank you for taking a chance with our group and providing us this great opportunity.

Mya Roberts

My name is Mya Roberts, and I am a senior from Lincoln Community High School. I was born and raised in Lincoln along with my older sister. I am very hardworking, loyal, and hope to make great connections with my peers as well as the community’s leaders. My main focus in life is to be successful in what I say and do, but along with that I want to be able to say that I did something with the opportunities I have been given. I want to make a change. Ceo gives me this opportunity. I want to thank the investors for keeping this program available for all students who want to seize the opportunity to better themselves.

Emma Cooper

My name is Emma Cooper. I am 17 years old and currently a Senior at Lincoln Community High

School. Throughout high school I have been involved in Cheerleading, theater, Speech, and the

Logan County Liftoff program. I spend my free time working at the Lincoln College food service,

and being with my friends and family. I am determined to take advantage of the opportunities

provided to me through the knowledge and connections I will gain within the CEO program. I am

looking forward to the communication skills and first hand experiences we will acquire. I would

like to sincerely thank the CEO board members for granting me with this remarkable


Zak Luken

Hello there and how are you? My name is Zaknafein Paul Luken and I'm a current member of the Land of Lincoln CEO business program. I try to keep myself busy and active as I work at the Lincoln Grand 8 and I work with the Theatre at our school. I would like to thank you for this opportunity. 

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    The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Land of Lincoln CEO program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

    When we are not touring local businesses, we need a place to host the class. During that time, the 9 CEO students and their Facilitator would meet at your site where they would also have guest speakers and guests from the community attend. Hosting requires a facility with internet access and adequately accommodates up to 14 people.

    We are looking for people to share real-life stories about the concepts of running a business, from strategic thinking, product development to marketing, and cash flow management. Also, sharing your personal successes and failures are what recent classes have enjoyed the most.

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