Sabetha, Wetmore students participate in career symposium

Wetmore and Sabetha High School seniors gather for a photo following the Career Symposium held at Sabetha High School on Monday, November 20.

Submitted by Briana Evans

Dictionary.com includes the following entry: “in•spire [in-spahyuh r] (verb used with an object). To fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence.”

Freshmen prepare to toss the “Be A Leader” thumball.

“I knew when I saw the ‘inspire’ graphic that it would be our 2017 Career Symposium theme. It was perfect!” said Briana Evans, school counselor at Sabetha and Wetmore High Schools and the event’s primary organizer.

SSG’s Hash and Haybarker help sophomores complete the Find Your Interests portion of the ASVAB Career Exploration Guide.

She began planning for the occasion that happened at Sabetha High School on Monday, Nov. 20. The Career Symposium originated at Sabetha High School many years ago when inviting business men and women into the school setting was a novel idea.

Now, the Symposium has evolved into providing experiences and sessions for Sabetha and Wetmore High School students that address the career development process, which is inclusive of academic and social and emotional components. Additionally, the Symposium aligns with the Kansans Can vision for education as articulated by the Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson.

The 2017 Career Symposium featured the following lineup:

Ninth Grade:

Keynote: Jodi Grover, Cheney High School College and Career Readiness Director and ESSDECK Career Education Specialist

Freshmen prepare for the “photo booth,” which featured a picture of each student sharing their career plan and why it was a good fit.

Sessions: Thumball and Photo Booth; Mental Health Awareness; Graduate Panel; and Digital Citizenship

Keynote: John Girodat, Kansas State Department of Education Career, Standards and Assessment Services Consultant

10th Grade:

Keynote: Jodi Grover, Cheney High School College and Career Readiness Director and ESSDECK Career Education Specialist

Sessions: Thumball and Photo Booth; Financial Literacy; Local Employer Panel; and ASVAB Career Exploration

Keynote: John Girodat, Kansas State Department of Education Career, Standards and Assessment Services Consultant

Lisa Pierce, Brown County Special Education School Psychologist, tackles the topic of mental health.

11th Grade:

PowerPrep ACT Preparation

12th Grade:

Keynote: Jodi Grover, Cheney High School College and Career Readiness Director and ESSDECK Career Education Specialist

Sessions: Thank You Notes; Safety in Post-Secondary Life; Voices of Experience; Interview and interview panel

“This year I was part of a team that conducted mock job interviews for the senior class. I was able to see the faces and meet the young men and women who are the future of this community and our manufacturing industry. This event gets the community and local industry involved in preparing and developing these young adults for post-secondary life,” said Bruce Cormier, Extru-Tech Manufacturing manager and symposium interviewer.

Washburn University Financial Literacy Coordinator Jamie McEwen shared her knowledge about financing post-secondary education.

WHS senior Jossie Shumaker agreed.

“This event really helps prepare high school students for their future. It helps them learn more about potential careers and the requirements for those,” she said.

The underclassmen experience consisted of interactive and informational sessions, including an employer panel.

“It was good to know what different employers are looking for in a worker,” said SHS sophomore Olivia Meyer.

Sabetha and Wetmore High School graduates share their high school experiences and tips with freshmen.

SHS freshman Kaleb Evans, said that the graduate panel “showed that our graduates went through high school… and succeeded!”

The junior emphasis — ACT preparation — was a focused, four-hour session.

“I definitely feel confident as I prepare to test for my first time this December,” said WHS junior Joel Hutfles.

“I thought it was very helpful. It answered many questions that I had and more,” said SHS junior Brooklyn Bauman.

The 2017 Career Symposium challenged students to, “DREAM big. SPARKLE more. SHINE bright.”

Based on the feedback from students and adults involved in the event, “inspire” was indeed the perfect theme.

ACT preparation is underway under the instruction of Carolyn Devane, PowerPrep Director.

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