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Last week, the Knox County CEO class had the opportunity to go to Elements in downtown Vincennes for a yoga session during our usual class time. As a group, we met downtown in the Pavilion and walked to Elements together. Amber Gerkin greeted us and took us all upstairs to begin our yoga session. All of us were a little bit wary about doing yoga because most of the class hadn’t participated in yoga before. Amber taught us various poses such as the Downward-Facing Dog, the Plank Pose, and the Gate Pose. After our yoga session, every single person in the class said they were refreshed and ready for the day. The entire class, including me, enjoyed the yoga session at Elements and wanted to do yoga every day before our CEO class. Of course, that idea fizzled out but I think some of my classmates are still thinking about it. Last, we would like to thank Amber Gerkin for giving us a great yoga session!

By: Isabel Miller

Southgate Vet Clinic

Southgate Vet Clinic

Wednesday January 24 we took a rather interesting business visit to Southgate Veterinary Clinic.  Stepping away from a usual business setting, we got to see the insides of a vet clinic.  We talked to Aaron Hecht about how he got to where he is, and how the clinic works.  We got to tour the building and see how they do what they do.  Dr. Hecht talked to us about the business side of the clinic.  One important thing I learned from him was that there is a business side to everything. The most interesting part about this business was actually getting to step into the surgery room and watch Dr. Matthew Nolting perform surgery on two dogs.  Overall, this business visit was one of the most fascinating trips we have been on this year!   Jaren Pfoff


The CEO students took turns recruiting for next year's class at all four Knox County Schools.  It was great seeing the students interacting with their peers from their own schools as well as the other schools.  The students talked about what the program has done for them personally.  They also did a recap of what they were able to experience on a daily basis. 

Tammy Catt

Tammy Catt

On January 25, 2018 Tammy Catt came in and spoke with us. She taught us a lot about ourselves. Something that we learned was that if someone isn't ready to hear your feedback then it is like talking to a brick wall. She told us that the college we chose shouldn't be based on price, it should be based on where you are living and if it fits your needs. She taught us that some jobs won't consider hiring you unless you have participated in internships or extra curricular activities. We got to learn a lot about relationships and communication styles. She was very helpful in teaching us about which personalities work best together. She shared with us of some of the people that she gets to meet because of her job. She taught me that I need to be the best of who I am. We really appreciated that she took the time to come and speak with us.  Lexi Wilson

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