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By Caitlin R. King
Five Jersey Community High School students had the opportunity to present and market their products this past Sunday, April 24, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jerseyville.
In the program’s Class of 2022 are five JCHS students: Ethan Cavender, Morgan Johnson, Jayda Bodenbach, Mallory Clevenger and Maximus Loftus, who have spent the past year developing their businesses. The Trade Show is their first opportunity to display their hard work from the year.
Through the program, senior Jayda Bodenbach developed her shop, Upcycled Threads, with the environment in mind. Bodenbach uses her love of thrifting to try and prevent excess clothing waste caused by fast fashion. She curates and upcycles thrifted clothing to give them another chance at life.
Similar to Bodenbach, JCHS junior Ethan Cavender developed North-Side Thrifts. But instead of clothing, Cavender curates second-hand decor and other housewares to give them another chance for use.
Through the program, senior Morgan Johnson has developed a wellness brand, Motivation by Morgan, and a clothing brand, Alive to Thrive. Her brands promote kindness and positive thinking, while providing fashionable activewear for customers.
JCHS senior Mallory Clevenger developed her shop, Puffin Products, as a way to make some parts of life easier for the consumer. Her main product in development are cloth, magnetic pot holders so that the user can easily keep track of the potholder’s location.
Through the program, JCHS senior Maximus Loftus used his passion for blacksmithing to create Lifecycle Forge Co., where he transforms things like old spoons into jewelry and keychains. Loftus has his own home forge, where he uses a variety of tools, including a normal hairdryer to heat materials.
According to their website, the Jersey County CEO Program is sponsored and funded by local investors to encourage future entrepreneurs and promote economic development. Along with high school course credit, they are eligible for credit at Lewis & Clark Community College. More information about the current class and the program can be found on their website, www.jerseycountyceo.com.