Sophia Ballard

About Me

Sophia Ballard attends Effingham High School. At school, she is involved in the Pom dance team. In her free time, she participates on Exclusively Dance’s competitive dance team that travels around the midwest. Sophia has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. She has earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Her Gold Award project was a Business Tree Bookshelf which was made for the Effingham Public Library. She was chosen as a sophomore by Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois to be a National Delegate at the National Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently employed at Richard E. Workman Sports Complex in Effingham as a recreation attendant. She is also involved at Centenary United Methodist Church where she participates in mission trips and church camps during the summer. When she is not busy, she enjoys traveling with her family.

“I plan on making every second count of CEO, since this year will move quickly. I hope that I gain skills that I can carry with me for the rest of my life.”

About My Business

Sophia Ballard is the owner of Cost at Hand. Cost at Hand is an app developed to help consumers’ shopping experience. While using the app, customers put in the prices of their grocery items. When the person is done shopping, the amount, including sales tax, calculated by the app will let them know their total before they check out. Cost at Hand can benefit any consumer, especially the busy parent or a person who has a disability that would like more independence. For more information, contact Sophia at After graduating in May, Sophia plans on attending Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. She is majoring in applied communication studies, with a minor in political science with the plans on continuing with law school.

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