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Massapequa Grads Give Career and Life Advice at Ames

Massapequa graduates spanning generations came together at the Massapequa High School Ames Campus on April 18 to share words of wisdom with the future workforce. The 17th annual Alumni Career Day featured 20 guest speakers representing a wide range of professions.

Over two sessions, each ninth grader was able to hear from eight different speakers. The guests spoke about their career paths, the positive aspects and challenges of their current jobs and what the future holds for their respective fields. The Berner and Massapequa graduates also emphasized the skills needed for success, and how today’s students can begin preparing for careers while still in high school.

“Students learned that it’s not always a straight path from point A to point B,” said School-to-Career Coordinator Denise DeLury. “A lot of the speakers, when they were in high school, thought they were going to do one thing and ended up in a place they never even thought about.”

Ms. DeLury, who coordinated the program along with Career and Technical Education Supervisor Patricia LiVecchi and business education teacher Christine Poggioli, said what stood out most about the speakers was their passion for their professions. Careers included business and finance, engineering and science, entertainment, hospitality, information technology, law enforcement, public service, sports marketing and more.

Several of the speakers return year after year to speak to Ames students because they believe in the value of Career Day. Ms. DeLury noted that a few have come as many as 15 of the 17 years the program has been held. There were also a few newcomers this year, including the Class of 2015 valedictorian. The alumni ranged from a 1966 Berner High School graduate to a 2019 Massapequa High School graduate.