Thursday, October 6, 2005

College Career Fair a huge success

The Marshall County College Career Fair that was held on the campus of H.W. Byers on September 28 was a huge success. With over 500 students from across the county attending, recruiters were well pleased. Sarah Christopher, from the University of Mississippi, remarked “I think every student here today has filled out an information card and returned it; I am looking forward to contacting each one of them.”

The students were from Byhalia High School, Holly Springs High School, Potts Camp High School, and H.W. Byers High School. Marshall Academy was unable to attend.

Students were able to visit recruiters from various colleges, technical schools, and the military. They were also able to attend a session presented by Amanda Whaley Smith, an attorney in private legal practice in Holly Springs, who is a graduate of Potts Camp High School or a session presented by Regina Anderson Smith, an engineer with Fed Ex in Memphis, who is a graduate of Holly Springs High School. Both speakers told about their jobs and then allowed the students to ask specific questions about the field of law or engineering. Many students reacted with surprise when both speakers stated “You can be whatever you want to be no matter where you attend high school, but you must work to achieve your goal.”

Serving as master of ceremonies was Demarcus Jones, H. W. Byers senior. He made announcements about events happening throughout the day and drew for door prizes at the end of the day.

This event was a large undertaking and was only made successful with the help of many people. Special thanks go to the faculty and staff of the H.W. Byers High and Elementary School.

“Without all of their support, we would not have had such a wonderful event,” stated Linda Spaulding, Byers counselor.

She would like to thank the following students for all their hard work. Art students Troy Jones and Jerrick Luellen, Student Council members, under the direction of Bettye Williams and Monica Cowan: Megan Riley, Arkeisha Goodman, Shagrace Walker, Clementhia Riddle, Audacious Gulledge, Bradley Coleman, Deedra Lee, Ebony Jones, Brian Penilton, Brandon Bryson, Amelia Cunningham, Victoren Hooker, Arcelia Hill, Jasmine Harris, Heather Whitehurst, Telisa Young, Corrandra Scott, Beverly Faulker, Jalisa Kimbrough, Letasha Anderson, Mavis Robinson, Symone Gorman, Kenanesha Owens, Ciara Seldon, Erica Hampton, Arondre Moore, Crishun Moore, Lanecia Walker, Brittany Todd, and Brittney Jones.

Also, the publicity committee chaired by Colet Pierce and members of the desktop publishing class are Brandon Bryson, Sonya Fitchpatrick, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Whitney Gant, Sonia Garrison, Tymerria Gorman, Jeffery Hughes, Ebony Jones, Jessica Jones, Jocelyn McAuley, Jerri Richards, Clementhia Riddle, Mavis Robinson, Corrandra Scott, Ashley Stephens, Heather Whitehurst, and Telisa Young. Members of the multimedia projects class are Beverly Faulkner, Willie Gant, Jamal Jackson, Brittney Jones, Jalisa Kimbrough, Jerrick Luellen, Christopher Moore, Cordaryll Pate, Sean Ryan, Simone Ryan, Amber Snipes, Brandon Starnes, Lanecia Walker, Jereca Yarbrough, and Adrine Young. Several members of the publicity committee took the pictures shown.

Some other comments made were “The teamwork that took place was phenomenal,” remarked Jerry O. Moore - instructional services director for Marshall County Schools. Mrs. Moreland, curriculum coordinator, stated “I think the students showed a great deal of interest, asked important questions, and demonstrated respect for the two guest speakers.”

Byers would like to express thanks to the district office staff and community leaders who took time to help make this a special day for the students in Marshall County. “We appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to attend,” stated Gary Hannah, principal.

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