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Chatham Middle School holds Career Day

Posted Sunday, March 27, 2011

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Siler City, NC - Chatham Middle held its annual Career Day on Friday, March 18. The day started with a keynote speaker for each grade level. Sixth graders heard Hubert West, who was the first African American to coach in the ACC. Rueben Davis, a former NFL player, and Paul Cuadros, a journalist, spoke to the seventh and eighth graders, respectively.

After listening to the keynote speaker, students rotated throughout the day to hear numerous career presentations by parents and community members who volunteered to participate in the event. There were over thirty-six career areas represented. Some of the featured guest speakers included forestry agents, wildlife enforcement officers, embalmer, athletic trainer, detention officer, truck driver, animal control officer, various law enforcement agencies, Caterpillar spokesman, emergency medical technicians, bankers, a Department of Transportation supervisor, a dentist, and firefighters.

Teachers and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Chef Greg Hamm, who was also a guest speaker.

An eighth grader, Bryant Parroquin commented that career day would help him select classes in high school that would allow him to get the job he is interested in.

Sixth grader, Ramon Richardson said he ”liked learning about the different job opportunities that would be available to him in the future.”

Britt Lehamn, a seventh grader, commented on how much the presenters involved the students, which made it seem more realistic, and the skills necessary for each career area represented.

“The school should continue having Career Day because it helps students realize what they want to do in life and students should pay close attention to what the speakers say so they will know what career they should pursue,” said Ashley Powers, an eighth grader.

“Overall, it was a worthy event that allowed students to glean inside information to career opportunities in our area and the impact that academics plays in securing a meaningful occupation. I think it is just as important for students to realize what they do not like as much as what they do like when it comes to planning their future and making career choices,” said teacher YoLonda Moody, who organized the event.

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