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Students, AVID for college and careers, research potential futures for annual fair

April 18, 2019 GMT

NEEDLES — Needles High and Middle School students participated in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) College and Career Fair on April 10 in the NHS gymnasium.

“The students started working on their project around January so they had plenty of time to research the college or career they wanted to get into,” said Gaby Belt, NHS AVID instructor.

The students placed their research on trifold posters which featured colleges such as Duke, Notre Dame and careers such as veterinarian and drywall installation.

“We wanted our middle school students to research a college that they would like to attend,” said Belt. “We asked our high school students to research a career they are interested in and then find someone they can shadow and write a report. We do this so that they know the importance of networking and getting them a little bit out of their comfort zone,” said Belt.

Haylee Dominguez, an eighth-grader at NMS said she researched Harvard University because she wants to attend their medical school in order to become a surgeon. Aliza Wilder, an eighth-grader at NMS, researched the University of San Diego because she would like to attend a university that is close to the beach with a small student population. Rylee Chavez, a freshman at NHS, was able to shadow a prosthetist during her research for the fair. Wilder said that during her job shadow she was able to see the entire process of how someone gets a prosthetic limb.

“We challenged our seniors to focus on a career that they hadn’t ever thought about doing and see how it turns out,” said Belt. “A lot of the seniors came back to me and told me that they really liked the challenge and they enjoyed learning about a different career.”