Austin Torrence

About Me

Austin Torrence is a junior from Illini West High School and lives in LaHarpe, Illinois.  He is the president of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), treasurer of Key Club, member of Student Council, member of the Scholastic Bowl Team, and also a member of the State Finalist Cross Country Team that made their first ever trip to state this year.  In his free time, Austin likes to hang out with friends and watch his favorite teams in many different sporting events.  When not in school, he works two part time jobs at Jenni's Ice Cream & Grill and HyVee.  He also has college classes that he is taking which keeps him very busy.  This summer, Austin will be attending Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa, to get his CNA to start his career towards becoming an RN.  He is still deciding whether to start college at SCC or to go to a four year university such as the University of Iowa.  

"CEO has not only taught me business skills recognized by the people in Hancock County, but it has taught me skills recognized by business leaders across the state of Illinois."

About My Business

Austin's business is called 2nd Avenue Creations.  He creates custom pillow cases and lanyards for sale at vendor blenders and trade shows.  Also, he can repair clothing with rips and holes for customers.  He came up with the name for his business by wanting to remember where he grew up when he goes off to college.  The street that Austin lives on is 2nd Avenue, so he used that as the spark he needed to name his business.  A lot of people may ask why Austin wanted to start a sewing business and he can tell you why.  Austin has an aunt named Vicky that has a hobby of sewing many different types of things.  She has a knack for scrap booking, so he wanted to keep the family tradition alive by starting his own sewing business.  Also, we don't see many types of sewing businesses around Hancock County.  You can reach Austin at

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