South Orangetown Central School District

SOMS Career Day panelists

Yesterday morning, South Orangetown Middle School students were treated to engaging panel discussions featuring community members working in a variety of fields as part of the school’s second annual Career Day.

“It’s important that students are exposed to a range of careers because it opens their minds and helps them realize the vast opportunities available to them. We are incredibly fortunate to have volunteers from our community willing to take time to come in and share their diverse professional experiences with our students,” SOMS Assistant Principal Danielle Rodriguez, Ed.D.

Panelists included a chef (and former Miss Thailand), an aviation journalist, a fashion merchandising manager, and professionals from finance, entertainment, healthcare, higher education–and more. Guest speakers discussed the rewarding aspects of their jobs, as well as some of the challenges. They fielded questions and offered career (and life) advice: Be curious, adapt, keep your options open and never stop learning.

Thank you to the SOMS Career Day guest speakers who volunteered their time yesterday: Guy Ardito, Richard Bautista, Anne Chaly, Mariela Comitini, Barbara Daly Mahady, Terry Drain, Erik Ellingsen, Curt Epstein, Mathew George, Harold Hilderbrand, Dayna Karafiol, Kate Keller, Edward Lucuara, Tiffany Morrison, Alison Pearl, Ryan Stepanian and Wade Tyree.