Over 20 careers were represented at the Decatur Community High School’s Career Fair, which was held Friday, Feb. 10.
All students in grades 7-12 chose four careers to learn about. They rotated throughout the building to listen to four presentations from local businessmen and women.
“We so appreciate the businessmen and women who took time from their busy schedules to talk to our students,” said Brenda Breth, school counselor. “Some of our students may be interested in other careers that weren’t represented at the fair, such as engineering or graphic arts, but every student had an incredible opportunity to learn something about our community and that they can come back to Oberlin after they graduate from college.”
“It was so fun to see several of my former students speaking to current Oberlin students,” said Mrs. Breth. “Tucker Woolsey, Justin Williby, Stosh Seller, Shannon Addleman, Greg Grafel, Amanda Sowers, Carrie Morford, Channing Fortin, Jessica Bremer, Jay Tate, Gannon Reichert, Amanda Fortin. I appreciate them being willing to come back to speak.”
The following careers were explored at the fair: insurance sales, police, health professions, banking, real estate, veterinary medicine, farming, farm services, mechanics, small businesses, chiropractor, photography, accounting, teaching, title and abstract, mortuary/funeral planning, prison security and administration, county conservation, lawyer, judge, and cosmetology.
The students learned about the different aspects of a job – what the job entails, required schooling, salary, advantages and disadvantages, and what they can do now to prepare themselves. They were also given the opportunity to ask questions.
Sophomore Dani Rouse and freshman Bethany Mason placed in two events at the Trego Speech Meet on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Wakeeney. The pair placed third overall in duet acting and fourth in improvised duet acting. Junior Stacia Russ placed fifth in poetry.
“Dani and Bethany really had an excellent showing in duet and IDA,” said Coach Ladd Wendelin, “while Stacia, who has worked very hard the last two seasons, came through with a fifth-place finish in poetry.”
Dani and Bethany placed first, second, and second in their three preliminary rounds of improvised duet acting.
Also competing for Oberlin were Petra Trejo in prose and humorous solo and Stacia in informative speaking.
“Illness and family emergencies took two of our speakers out of the competition early Saturday morning,” said Coach Wendelin, “but despite the fact we had a very small team, we had a very strong team.” Coach Wendelin also said that Petra has really improved in her humorous solo and prose. She placed first in one of her prose rounds.
“No State qualifiers yet,” said Coach Wendelin, “but I have total faith it's going to happen before it's all said and done.”
The Oberlin speech tournament is February 21. If anyone in the community or at school is interested in judging, there's a few open spots left. Call Mr. Wendelin at 785-470-1859 or e-mail email@example.com.
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