By: Susan Gum // March 26th, 2019 // Stories
On Friday, March
22, twenty-five members from the business community visited Delmarva Christian
High School to present information on different career fields for students to
consider. A wide-range of career opportunities were presented from public
service to non-profit—from business to freelance—and from healthcare to
communications. Besides describing the responsibilities, training, education,
skills, and qualifications required for their jobs, the speakers also shared
the role God played (and continues to play) in their professional
journeys. The speakers gave examples of how He has guided their careers and of
the opportunities they have been given to reflect the love of Jesus. At
the conclusion of his keynote address, The Crossing‘s Youth Minister
Adam Woods explained how focusing on a love for Christ and a love for
others will drive one to success.
“No matter what your future career path is—living a life of love by serving others, showing the full extent of Christ’s love, will always be at the center of success,” said Woods.
Presenters for the 2019 DCHS Career Day included Donald Bucklin (Commissioner for the Court of Common Pleas in Kent and Sussex Counties), Kate Giannone (Senior Probation Officer), Lori DeWitt (Salisbury University Associate Professor and Communications Department Chair), Denise Harper (Program Director/Co-host for The Morning Show 88.7 The Bridge), Ruth Briggs-King (State Representative 37th District), Chip Keever (Owner/Graphic Designer of PROSPER Creative Design), Daniel Keever (President/Founder of Advantage Marketing), Nicole Luther (Licensed Professional Art Therapist), Brenton Lyman (General Manager/Chef for Matt’s Fish Camp and SoDel Concepts), Stephanie Mantegna (Communications Officer for Delaware House of Representatives, Republican Caucus), Andrew Mason (Founder/Host/Producer of Small Pond Productions), Sean McKeon (State Executive Director for Farm Service Agency USDA), Alexandria Morris (Professor at Salisbury University), Corey Phoebus (Field Correspondent for WBOC-TV/102.5), Andrea Richter (Veterinarian/Owner of Savannah Animal Hospital), Matthew Savini (Director of Rehabilitation for Atlantic Physical Therapy), Jim Smith (Public Affairs Manager for Delaware Power), Kim Hoey Stevenson (Freelance Writer), TJ Smith (Diagnostic and Therapeutic Optometrist), Tim Sweetman (Owner/Operator for Chick-fil-A), Neil Taylor (Occupational Therapist), Holly Walton (Certified Nurse Midwife), Larry Whaley (EMT/Firefighter and Pastor), Adam Woods (Youth Minister), and Danny Wright (Chief of Police).
(Above) In addition to describing her role in Delaware’s House of Representatives, State Representative Ruth Briggs-King explains the legislative process providing examples and insights of current and past bills to DCHS students.
The entire student body from freshmen to seniors enjoyed the three-hour long Career Day event that consisted of a keynote address and three breakout sessions where students were able to hear twenty-five presenters from twenty-five different professions.
To illustrate the physical demands of a firefighter, EMT/Firefighter and Pastor for the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department Larry Whaley had DCHS student Logan Tyler don the gear of a firefighter to include tanks and full-face mask. To further enhance the experience, Whaley turned on the oxygen and demonstrated the alarm that is signaled should a firefighter go down.
DCHS students heard the interesting journey of Andrew Mason who, after many years of working in a traditional environment, went out on his own to become the founder, host, and producer of his own production company.