HHRS Hosts 1st Annual Career Day

HHRS Hosts 1st Annual Career Day
Posted on 06/19/2017
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Henry Hudson Regional School hosted its first Career Day event on June 13th.  All students in grades 7 - 12 participated in this school-wide event.  Earlier in the year, all students were asked to fill out a career interest inventory, indicating which careers and career paths interest them the most.  Based on the results of the student surveys, professionals from an array of fields were invited to speak to the students at Henry Hudson. 

Detective George Ruth, of Highlands Police Department spoke to students about the importance of integrity.  Eddy Occhipinti, Associate Athletics Director at Monmouth University spoke about his experience as a sports announcer for ESPN U.  Matthew Boston and former Admiral, Makayla Patton shared stories about the paths they took that lead them to their current acting careers.  Catie Carton, an attorney from Widman, Cooney, Wilson, McGann & Fitterer engaged the students by telling some real-life stories about some of her most interesting cases.  Matt Kolar of IEW Construction explained how his career as an engineer has impacted local communities surrounding the Highlands area.  He has assisted in disasters such as Hurricane Sandy which many students could relate to.  Students also enjoyed learning about the perks of working as a manager of a restaurant.  Dr. Morgan, veterinarian from Red Bank Animal Hospital taught students that they do not have to become a vet if they love working with animals; there are many different types of jobs working in an animal hospital.  Finally, some of Henry Hudson’s own teachers (Jessica Merrigan & Leigh Fitzsimmons) and chef (Karen Farrell) had the opportunity to share stories about their career paths with students. 

Overall, the day was a great success.  Not only did students have the opportunity to speak to professionals in fields they are interested in, but they also were exposed to career paths that they may not have previously known about.  “I really enjoyed Career Day and think it would be fun to have again next year,” stated seventh grader, Gavin Sapio.  “I think it was really cool to hear the perspectives from the different speakers since they have experience and know the ups and downs of the job” seventh grade student, Marlo Laura.

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