HHS alums share career paths with current students

Of the 16 Hillsboro High School alums who shared their career stories with Hillsboro Middle High School students Oct. 7, four presenters are living or working in Hillsboro. Pictured above are Alisa Schmidt, physician with Hillsboro Community Hospital, and Eric Driggers, owner of Greenhaw Pharmacy. The other local presenters were Shelby Ken­drick, director of social services at Parkside Homes, and Jacob Fish, a regional account manager with DeLaval, a Sweden-based company that provides food-safety solutions.With homecoming and the all-school reunion merging into the same week for the first time, Hillsboro High School faculty developed a way to demonstrate school spirit not only on the athletic field, but also the occupational field Oct. 7.

An HMHS faculty committee invited 16 alumni to show middle and high school students that their current education can lead them to fulfilling jobs and careers, not only in far away locales, but also in their hometown.

“The (planning) group came up with the idea of bringing alumni back, and then at a following meeting all MS/HS staff listed potential alumni they thought would be great to have come back and share,” said Nathan Hie­bert, who teaches business class at the high school and served on the planning com­­mittee.

“From that large list, we categorized them and started contacting a few of them to see their interest,” he added.

“Our hope was to do a couple things, with the alumni reunion that weekend, we wanted to allow alumni to see what is currently happening at HMHS, and also allow our students to see some of the amazing careers our alumni are in.”

The alumni presenters each were assigned to different classrooms to talk about their occupations in three 25-minute sessions during the morning. Middle school and high school students could choose to attend three presentations that appealed to their interests.

Hiebert said the morning was received well by current students.

“I felt like it went very well,” he said. “Many student had a lot of positive comments about the day. Many students thanked us for it, they had a really good time.”

Local presenters

Listed alphabetically, presenters living or working locally were:

• Eric Driggers, owner of Greenhaw Pharmacy. (Class of 1997)

• Jacob Fish, a Hillsboro resident who works as a regional account manager for DeLaval, a company that provides food safety programs and solutions for food manufacturers like beef and poultry packing plants. (Class of 2001)

• Shelby (Koons) Ken­drick, director of social services at Parkside Homes. (Class of 2009)

• Alisa (Jost) Schmidt, a physi­cian with Hillsboro Com­munity Hospital. (Class of 2003)

• Wade Sorenson, store manager at Rod’s Tire & Service. (Class of 2002)

Statewide

Several presenters are applying their talents in professional fields elsewhere in Kansas:

• Emily (Ratzlaff) Arnold, assistant professor at the Univer­sity of Kansas in the field of aerospace engineering. (Class of 2005)

• Lance Bartel, a professional pilot who is senior flight instructor at Textron Aviation in Wichita. (Class of 2005)

• Justin Friesen and Ronn Coates, who founded and operate KHAOS Apparel, a successful garment-printing business in Newton. (Class of 2000, 2002)

• Ishmael Morris, an agent for New York Life Insurance in Wichita. (Class of 2009)

• Amber (Loewen) Tur­ner, certified public accountant with Koch Industries in Wichita. (Class of 2008)

• Wade Weibert, football offensive line coach at Butler Community College, El Dorado. (Class of 2006)

• Aaron Yoder, cross country and track and field coach at Bethany College, Lindsborg. (Class of 2004)

• Jacob Yoder, a mechanical engineer with Moridge and Grasshopper Mowers in Moundridge. (Class of 2008)

Out-of-state

Three alumni from out of state presented their professions via Skype:

• Chris Coryea, manager of EMEA cyber intelligence practice at Lockheed Martin in London, England. (Class of 1999)

• Laura Lindsay, house manager at The Juilliard School in New York City. (Class of 2006)

• Corissa (Bartel) Man­gus, zookeeper for large cats and bears at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb. (Class of 2008)by Don Ratzlaff

The Free Press

With homecoming and the all-school reunion merging into the same week for the first time, Hillsboro High School faculty developed a way to demonstrate school spirit not only on the athletic field, but also the occupational field Oct. 7.

An HMHS faculty committee invited 16 alumni to show middle and high school students that their current education can lead them to fulfilling jobs and careers, not only in far away locales, but also in their hometown.

“The (planning) group came up with the idea of bringing alumni back, and then at a following meeting all MS/HS staff listed potential alumni they thought would be great to have come back and share,” said Nathan Hie­bert, who teaches business class at the high school and served on the planning com­­mittee.

“From that large list, we categorized them and started contacting a few of them to see their interest,” he added.

“Our hope was to do a couple things, with the alumni reunion that weekend, we wanted to allow alumni to see what is currently happening at HMHS, and also allow our students to see some of the amazing careers our alumni are in.”

The alumni presenters each were assigned to different classrooms to talk about their occupations in three 25-minute sessions during the morning. Middle school and high school students could choose to attend three presentations that appealed to their interests.

Hiebert said the morning was received well by current students.

“I felt like it went very well,” he said. “Many student had a lot of positive comments about the day. Many students thanked us for it, they had a really good time.”

Local presenters

Listed alphabetically, presenters living or working locally were:

• Eric Driggers, owner of Greenhaw Pharmacy. (Class of 1997)

• Jacob Fish, a Hillsboro resident who works as a regional account manager for DeLaval, a company that provides food safety programs and solutions for food manufacturers like beef and poultry packing plants. (Class of 2001)

• Shelby (Koons) Ken­drick, director of social services at Parkside Homes. (Class of 2009)

• Alisa (Jost) Schmidt, a physi­cian with Hillsboro Com­munity Hospital. (Class of 2003)

• Wade Sorenson, store manager at Rod’s Tire & Service. (Class of 2002)

Statewide

Several presenters are applying their talents in professional fields elsewhere in Kansas:

• Emily (Ratzlaff) Arnold, assistant professor at the Univer­sity of Kansas in the field of aerospace engineering. (Class of 2005)

• Lance Bartel, a professional pilot who is senior flight instructor at Textron Aviation in Wichita. (Class of 2005)

• Justin Friesen and Ronn Coates, who founded and operate KHAOS Apparel, a successful garment-printing business in Newton. (Class of 2000, 2002)

• Ishmael Morris, an agent for New York Life Insurance in Wichita. (Class of 2009)

• Amber (Loewen) Tur­ner, certified public accountant with Koch Industries in Wichita. (Class of 2008)

• Wade Weibert, football offensive line coach at Butler Community College, El Dorado. (Class of 2006)

• Aaron Yoder, cross country and track and field coach at Bethany College, Lindsborg. (Class of 2004)

• Jacob Yoder, a mechanical engineer with Moridge and Grasshopper Mowers in Moundridge. (Class of 2008)

Out-of-state

Three alumni from out of state presented their professions via Skype:

• Chris Coryea, manager of EMEA cyber intelligence practice at Lockheed Martin in London, England. (Class of 1999)

• Laura Lindsay, house manager at The Juilliard School in New York City. (Class of 2006)

• Corissa (Bartel) Man­gus, zookeeper for large cats and bears at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb. (Class of 2008)

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