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ACHS Students Learn About Careers
ACHS seniors visit the state capitol to talk with some of Iowa's legislators during career day.
Pictured left to right, Iowa State Representative Kevin Koester, senior Hunter Lovanh, senior Ashlyn Cox, senior Blake Livingston, Iowa State Representative John Landon , senior Mallory Showalter, senior Brenda Guan, senior Erin Stoltenberg, senior Cameron Mason, senior Joshua Holst, senior Keegan Kearney, senior Sierra Wells.
WHO television reporter and AHS graduate Jodi Whitworth spoke with students about her career.
Artist David Williamson spoke with students about his career and then had students create masks using their initials. Williamson created the poster, using the students' artwork, to commemorate career day.
ANKENY, Iowa (April 18, 2016) - As they look toward their futures, Ankeny Centennial High School senior John Hollinrake wanted his fellow students to have the opportunity to learn about various careers. So Hollinrake, with the help of student council students Jessica Day, Alexa Long, and Alex Rozeboom organized a school-wide career fair.
Hollinrake and his team surveyed students to determine what career areas their classmates expressed an interest in. Once established, the students worked with guidance counselor Janae Griffith to secure representatives from those career fields. Another key piece to organizing the event was Karen O'Loughlin's computer programming class. Students wrote a program that sorted all the students into their first, second, and third choice of speakers.
Sophomores and juniors spent the day at ACHS interacting with professionals from nearly 40 career fields including an accountant, entrepreneur, plumber, web designer, realtor, and many others.
Seniors had the opportunity to go on-site to talk with professionals at 10 places of business. Those included Easter Seals, the State Capitol, John Deere, Unity Point, NewLink Genetics, IPTV, Des Moines Social Club, a local artist's studio, Shazam, and MJ Properties.
The students at ACHS plan to make this an annual event.