On Friday, June 1, Jenkins Middle School hosted its annual Career Fair. On this day, several volunteer presenters came to JMS to discuss with students the average day in their career, both the positive and negative sides, and what high school and college classes students should take in order to pursue that career.
The careers that were presented include: Performing Arts, Don McLaughlin; Piloting, Tyrone Bryant; Medicine, Dr. Kim Johnstone of Chewelah Associated Physicians; Biology, Scott Jungblom of Pend Oreille County PUD; Automotive Repair, Carl Pickens of God Fearing Brothers; Cosmetology, Mary Kay Anderson and Tessa Church of The Jagged Edge; Teaching, Stephanie Wolfe of Gess Elementary; Journalism and TV Broadcasting, Othello Richards of KREM 2 News; Software and Video Design, Richie Schut of KHQ6 TV; Photography, Jim Nelson of Leo’s Photography; Firefighting, Dan Krouse; Attorney, Peter Jones of Slate & Associates, Colville; and the U.S. Military, Staff Sergeant Nick Cochrane of the U.S. Army.
There were many moments worth mentioning; however, some stood out as particularly noteworthy. KREM 2 News Journalist Othello Richards made Career Day especially fun by using one of his cameras to zoom in on the faces of students and broadcasting the up-close-and-personal picture on live television (only on the classroom TV of course)! Dr. Kim Johnstone sent many students out of her presentation with a few splints and casts that they did not enter with… Of course, nobody is sure what really happened behind that closed door. Scott Jungblom brought a collection of live leaches, stoneflies, spiders, and other assorted bugs and creepy-crawlies. And finally, the reverent atmosphere in the military session left many students saying they don’t remember when they’d ever sat up quite so straight.
Students in Mrs. Verbeck’s AVID class organized this year’s fair. The overall goal was to encourage students to begin thinking about possible careers and to highlight the importance of education to their future goals. JMS students were glad to have the opportunity to learn more about potential future careers and greatly appreciate all the presenters and staff members who helped make this year’s Career Fair such an awesome experience.
By Aaron Norris, JMS Student
In this Photo: Dr. Kim Johnstone demonstrates proper splint wrapping on a JMS student during the annual Career Fair. Geri Trudeau photo