Newsletter for January 22nd, 2016

As you have probably already heard….the social event of the season is the Jasper CEO Class Event on January 30th in the NCHS Gymnasium, “Small Town Spotlight”. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 6:00 after an hors devours social with music and comedy from three different local entertainers. It is sure to be a night you won't want to miss! If you are interested in a table with reserved seating you can contact Amy Tarr at for more details. You may also purchase your general seating tickets on-line from this website or the following local businesses: Pat Mammoser - COUNTRY Insurance, Marathon One-Stop Shop, Peoples State Bank of Newton, NCHS Office, or The Gas Station in Ste. Marie. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hartrich Meats, Inc.

Starting in 1953 the Hartrich family started on a business adventure that continues in a much expanded form today. Mike and Tony Hartrich, along with their families are the owner operators of Hartrich Meats in Ste. Marie, IL. During our visit to the plant, the family emphasized their beliefs in quality product and service as they have expanded their business over the years. Two new concepts we were introduced to included what SOP’s were (Standard Operating Procedures) and we were walked through what they look like for Hartrich's, as well as the importance of belonging to a professional organization in your field of work. Being a part of these organizations also helps to stay abreast of the latest state and federal regulation and requirements that are critical, especially in the food industry. The Hartrich family is a great example of working diligently to stay in compliance while maintaining focus on quality products and service.

Barry Callebaut

Thursday morning greeted us with the sweet smell of chocolate as we graced the door of Barry Callebaut in Robinson. Harold Shipman was our host for the day as we discussed this global company and many of the variables that make it so successful. From its customers and competitors to their focus on vision and strategy, Barry Callebaut is a company that is expanding with quality by acquiring companies across the globe. A new concept we learned was about the UP! Framework. It is as simple as: Show up, Catch up, Speak up, Step up, and Get up. Albeit simple, those are motivating words to live by! We learned of this and much more on a great visit to Barry Callebaut in Robinson, IL.

Student Journal Highlights for this week

“After today, I feel so impacted. It may sound wierd, but I am so inspired by the adults in the room knowing that one day I will be like them, but have my own story, different from each of theirs. And knowing that the other kids in the room with me are going to do the same is crazy. I'm so honored to be part of something that makes feel like more than just a highschool student. I am given so many opportunities in CEO and the class itself is transforming me into a uniquely determined individual. I can't wait to grow up and be the person I plan and aspire to be. This class is building even more character on top of the person I already am. While teaching me things I will use the rest of my life, this class is giving me so much confidence to go out and experience the world for what it has to offer."
Ty Litzelman

Ty Litzelman
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