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Students take a look at potential careers

APPLE VALLEY • Like hungry diners at a buffet, students at Mariana Academy tasted a variety of potential careers during the school's annual Career Day in Apple Valley.

Seventh-grade friends Abby Corey, Bethany Sanchez and Angelina Williams, all Bruins fans, expressed their hope to go to UCLA.

“I want to either be an architect, police officer, firefighter or a veterinarian,” said Sanchez, whose smile indicated that she knew she had time to narrow down her list.

Friday’s event provided middle school students with an opportunity to ask questions of different career representatives.

Eighth-graders Thomas Shipton and Kassidy East took on the role of junior news reporters for the afternoon and assisted with the interviews.

“I want to be a lawyer or a writer,” Shipton said. “But I still enjoyed visiting the tables with the firemen and police.”

Shipton asked Christopher Bohse about his job at California State University, San Bernardino.

“I’m an admissions counselor,” Bohse said. “So I review applications and do workups on transcripts, and then I admit students.”

The Cal State table had handouts to help students understand the preparation needed for college.

East also spoke with Dr. Jacob Johnson, a horse veterinarian who once attended Mariana Academy and has treated animals for six years.

“It’s nice to come back and do this,” Johnson said. “We had quite a few kids stop by and ask questions.”

Being a firefighter was one of the most talked about careers among the students; Peter Horne of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District said the children had a lot of questions.

“The kids want to know what you do and what really happens behind the scenes,” Horne said. “Once they hear what’s really involved, they sometimes change their minds.”

Horne has been a paramedic/firefighter for 13 years. He told East that he and his wife have three children who attend Mariana.

Seventh-grader Nicholas Rodriguez has been focused on a career path since the third grade.

“I want to go into the FBI,” he said. “I am going into the Marines or Navy, and then to the FBI Academy.”

Apple Valley High School students Jonathan Barela and Ashtyn Robidoux represented the Computer and Media Pathway (CAMP) program at their school.

“It’s involved with every kind of media,” Barela said. “It can be computer games, working with PhotoShop or making actual videos.”

Teacher Melody Hudson, one of the organizers, said the student council was very involved in running the event.

“We go by what the students express as an interest,” Hudson said. “They will give us suggestions at the end for next year’s event.”

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