By Mary C. Hunt
Bennett County High School JAG II class hosted a Career Fair at the American Legion Auditorium on Wednesday, October 17th. The idea for the Fair came from the sophomore class unit discussion on Career Awareness.
During the Career Awareness unit, students have been studying different careers and jobs. According to the JAG II students, most of their peers think they know what they want to do when they grow up but most of them really have no idea what classes are needed. Planned and executed by the JAG II students, the Fair was an opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12 to talk with local professionals working in careers of interest to the students. The students hoped that the fair would help them and their peers to engage more with what they want to do in the future. Kim Claussen serves as the Bennett County JAG Specialist and assisted with planning the event.
Participating professionals were Jesse Clifford, West River Computers; Justin Smokov, mechanics; Derek Sorley, Stacy Robinson and Josh Fanning, LaCreek Electric; Randy Gropper, Gropper’s Saddlery; Susan Williams, Bennett County Auditor; Mandy Scherer, Bennett County Booster II; Candace Waln, cosmetologist and store owner; Amanda LaCroix, Lawyer; Mike Goetzinger, Farm Service Agency; Doug and Chris O’Bryan, Engineers; Bill Hines, Veterinarian; Stuart Drobny, Construction; Kirk Wilson, Pharmacist; Vickie Rose, Chante Cook and Jolene Risse, Security First Bank; and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.