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Middle School Career Day

POSTED 2/7/2014
OESJ Middle School students explore career opportunities
More than a dozen community volunteers Thursday, Feb. 6 demonstrated what it takes to pursue a successful career in a variety of fields ranging from arson investigation to tree surgery. 

The volunteers, including a number of Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville graduates and other local residents, met with seventh and eighth students in small groups, explaining their career choices and the education and training needed for their work. 

Thursday's career fair was the culmination of a week's worth of career exploration at the middle school. Earlier in the week students discussed with teachers the connection between school and careers, discussed opportunities for higher learning and had the chance to meet with military personnel. 

"This has been a great opportunity for our middle school students to learn about different careers," OESJ Middle School Principal Jeanine Kawryga said. "What made it extra special was that some of the presenters were former students and we even had one of our very own teachers, Mrs. Sprouse, who is a published author. It is never too early for students to start thinking about a career path."

To view a photo album of the Career Fair visit the district's Facebook page. (Note: You do not need to be signed into Facebook or have a Facebook account to see the photo gallery.) [Click here to see the photo gallery...] 

Volunteers Thursday included Eric Barnes, a State Police investigator, Kristen Bouchard, a pharmacist, the Bentley Family, of Bentley Tree Service, Jeff Bouchard and Josh Brown, of the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling, Ted Kawryga, a retired school superintendent, Casey Madsen, a radiology student, Robert Norris, a professional firefighter with the Gloversville Fire Department, James Post, the transportation director for Lexington ARC, Sarah Snell, a veterinarian and Heidi Sprouse, an OESK pre-k teacher and published author.