LOUISBURG — David Longgood has designs on pursuing a career in digital graphics.

The Louisburg Middle School seventh-grader said the first-ever career fair Friday, April 26, at LMS reinforced his interest in pursuing digital graphic design, after listening to a digital design manager’s presentation.

“It actually opened my eyes to see there is more than one career path you can take in digital graphic design,” Longgood said.

Based on student feedback, Longgood’s peers also enjoyed listening to 30 speakers talk about their professions and field questions from the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

“For being our first career fair, I would call it a success,” said Suzanne Reedy, LMS assistant principal who led the team putting on the event. “I feel like the students learned a lot and were exposed to ideas that they didn’t formerly have.

“We received really good feedback from our presenters,” she said. “They were impressed the students were engaged and asked good questions, were very respectful and even dressed professionally.”

The professionals covered a wide range of topics in fields such as engineering, architecture, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, food safety, aviation, travel, education, photography, real estate, cosmetology, nursing, digital marketing, firefighter/EMT and numerous others.

Kerry Anglin, a commercial pilot with Delta Airlines and a Louisburg graduate, talked about the importance of getting good grades for students who aspire to become a commercial pilot.

Anglin said most commercial airlines and the military require their pilots to have college degrees.

“Grades do matter,” he said.

Court reporter Cindy Isaacsen told students the role of a court reporter is to keep an official record of a court proceeding. She showed students the keyboard a court reporter uses to document every word.

“There is a high demand for court reporters,” Isaacsen said.

Megan Hill, owner of a Destination Fun Travel in Louisburg, talked about the role of a travel agency in assisting travelers, whether their destinations are domestic or abroad.

“I think the best stories are found between the pages of a passport,” she said.

Students also came away with a few tidbits that would make good trivia questions. Attendees of veterinarian Aaron Stohs’ sessions learned a lab is the most popular breed of dog in the U.S.

“Students loved learning about the different careers,” Reedy said. “It really helped them connect our career explorations with real world experienced professionals who inspired new career paths.”

Reedy said she appreciated the professionals who took time out of their busy day to share with LMS students.

“The staff at LMS did a fantastic job helping the students prepare for the big day,” Reedy said. “I am so proud to be a part of our MTSS team who were exceptional in the organization of this successful event: Meka Bauer, Savannah Hartman, Shelly Rose, Rachael Terry, Becky Ward, Pete Proctor, and Sahra Go.”

Superintendent Brian Biermann said the career fair offers another opportunity for the school district to partner with the community.

Longgood said he’s looking forward to next year’s fair as an eighth-grader, and on a follow-up survey he said he would like for one of the speakers next year to be a digital graphic designer.

“I thought the fair went really smooth and was really fun. I talked to a lot of my classmates and they enjoyed it,” Longgood said. “The fair probably was one of the best things we’ve done so far this year.”

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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