The 3rd Annual Career Day hosted by Student Government last spring was a great opportunity for Vikings in grades 7-12 to hear from area professionals about their careers.
Students moved through sessions in which they heard from presenters and were free to ask questions. Information about accreditation, education, the challenges of running a business, and real-life experiences of these professionals will help students imagine what they might do after life at Otselic Valley.
New this year was a special panel of recent graduates who provided encouragement and counsel about succeeding at college. They acknowledged the challenges of college-level opportunities, but shared their life experiences as guidance: take college courses at O V if you can, it’s okay to change your mind and change your major, manage your time, rely on the syllabus (the document given out at the beginning of a course that outlines what will be covered as well as homework, exams, and projects), use a planner, be responsible for your own success, and don’t stay up all night if you want to stay ahead.
The event began with a keynote address by best-selling author, business owner, and former Otselic Valley student Maggie Shayne. She challenged students to think about their futures as a treasure hunt that anyone can begin navigating right now, in the current moment. Fast clarification is available in what you notice and how you feel about any experience you’re having, she said. Most importantly, you can change your experience by changing where you put your attention.
Many thanks to this year’s presenters and alumni panel:
Lyle Mason, Class of 1980 (paramedic and Deputy Fire Coordinator for Madison County); Lisa Huntley (owner/operator of True Colors of South Otselic); Scott Will, Class of 2002 (auto technician, Guy’s Auto Repair); Elyse Roalef, Class of 2011 (owner, Revive Massage Therapy, Sherburne); Ricardo Grisolini (Conservation Police Officer with DEC State Police in Madison County, Region 7); James Dapson (Shift Supervisor, 911 Operations for the county); Johanna Fuller (Assistant Chief Radiation Therapist, Upstate Medical University); Cassandra Mackrell (RN, Cortland Medical Center and UHS Norwich); Natalie Beckwith, Class of 1988 (Owner, NB Photography, South Otselic); RJ Graham, Class of 2001 (golf course management, including Apple Creek, DeRuyter); Bret Bowen (police officer and School Resource Officer, Otselic Valley Central School).
Class of 2019: Whitney Hamlin, Lacey Wood, Victoria Roalef
Class of 2017: Peter Kalin
Class of 2016: Grace Lowry
Class of 2015: Colby Van Voorhis