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Houston High School Career Day ~ A Huge Success!
Houston High School Career Day ~ A Huge Success!

On Friday, March 18th, Houston High School hosted a Career Day for all students in grades 7-12. Career Day included keynote speakers and over 30 career sessions presented by professionals in our community (listed below).  Thanks go to Mrs. Sobotta, Mrs. Schoh, Mr. Gatzlaff, Mr. Koehler, and Mr. Lundberg for all of their work to make this a meaningful event for HHS students.  

We hope the Career Day will help students better visualize their future and apply their day-to-day school life to a future career. It is one thing to hear about college and careers from teachers and counselors, it is another to hear from someone directly in the field they are interested in. 
Mrs. Crystal Sobotta, MS, NCC, School Counselor

Thank you to our speakers for sharing your knowledge and experience with our students!
Keynote Speaker
Della Schmidt
Winona Chamber   Keynote Speaker
Josh Hessler
Winona Workforce Center
Micah Hanson State Farm Insurance   Terry Chiglo Banking/Law
Brad Peterson Mississippi Welders Supply-owner   Patrick Forsyth Accounting
Kevin O’Brien Forestry   Carew Halleck Small Business Owner
Rebecca Paulson 4H Coordinator-Ag Extension office   Dave Walter Soil & Water Conservation
Mimi Carlson IT Project Manager-Accenture   Ethan Webinger Acentek-Network specialist
Todd Roesler COO of Acentek   Kim Victora Athletic Training-Gundersen
Jake Griggs Western-Digital Media Production   Carol Cantlon Medical Lab Tech
Scott Rodeghier/Mike Horst Fastenal-Manufacturing & CAD   Michaeleen Bonner Western Technical Instructor
Tom Wittrey/Randall Ashbacher Tri-County Electric line person   Mel Skadson Fastenal-Human Resources
Fred Kruckow Dunn Blacktop   Tom Brandt Auto Body-Southeast Tech
Dave Butenhoff Valley View Paint & Auto Body   Dave Martens Tri State Ambulance
Patty Watson/Becky Korder Medical Adminstrative Assistant   Naaren Kingsley Caledonia Vet
Dana Kildahl Nursing   Emily Krage Hiawatha Valley Mental Health
Amanda Meyer Massage Therapy   Dave Breault/Brett Hurley/Luke Sass Law Enforcement/Investigation
Student reactions included:
~ My favorite part of the Career Day was learning about running a small business.~ Chase Benson
~ I felt as though I really connected with landscaping.~ Anonymous
~ My favorite part of Career Day was the college professor.~ Elizabeth
~ The Career Day reminded me that I need to work hard for things, grades and school work. ~ Anonymous
~ The Career Day helped me to start thinking about what I'm good at and checking out my options. ~ Anonymous

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