student CEOs organize grand opening of downtown Springfield ice rink | Best Stories



SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WAND) – The grand opening of a synthetic ice rink in downtown Springfield took place on Saturday.

As WAND shared before the opening, a group of high school students from Sangamon County brought the rink to the grounds of the Old State Capitol.

The group is called Sangamon County CEO and provides high school students with hands-on experience of running a business.

The main host of the program, Nabih Elhajj, said after the success of the ice rink they had behind Scheels last year, they wanted to find a new location.

“We thought it was a place that could bring the whole community together from all sides of the city,” Elhajj said. “The backdrop to the Old State Capitol, the story of this space, we thought it was a great place for us.”

Students like Chandana Poola said this was a great opportunity to gain high school business experience.

“You get the hands-on experience of going and meeting people and really loving thinking about what it takes to run a business, all the logistics that go with it,” Poola said. “All the challenges we have, we have to find solutions.”

The high school students oversee all aspects of the rink, from project planning to management.

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