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Career Fair by Loi Lutes

posted Dec 12, 2016, 3:08 PM by Stefani Kanzler   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 3:08 PM ]
On Wednesday, November 23rd, six Sprague High School Alumni so graciously shared their journey with the 8th -12th graders.  Here are just a few of the highlights that these amazing speakers shared.
Ray Schmitt (’95) spoke about the importance of working hard and showing up.  If you are willing to do these two skills, then a lot of life’s opportunities will become available to you.  The opportunities you are getting at Sprague High School are setting you up to be successful.
Judi Vold Ringwood (’67) has been lucky enough to have a variety of careers.  She said that none was necessarily better than the other, because it was what was right for her and her family at the time.  She encouraged the students to always augment their career through volunteer opportunities.
Kim Jennings Rieken (’73) taught in the Spokane Public Schools for 35 years and is now enjoying retirement.  Her message focused on keys to being successful in teaching – which are keys that will work in any career.  Skills such as being able to monitor and adjust, adapt to change, and figuring out how to operate in the gray areas of life.
Brian Whipple (’06) has used his skills he first learned in woodshop to turn into a career in the remodeling and furniture making business.  He encouraged the students to look into trade schools and find the training that fits your learning style rather than thinking you have to change your learning style to fit the training.
Kayla Riley (’02) spoke from the heart about “you can take the girl out of the small town, but you can’t take the small town out of the girl”.  She expressed her thanks to the staff and the town of Sprague for providing strong roots for her and she always knows she will have a support system here.
Bill Linton (’76) wore his high school FFA jacket and Letterman’s Sweater.  He talked about no matter what you do after high school - build connections with people.  Surround yourself with good people that are willing to give you good advice and invest time in you.
Thank you to all of our speakers.  Our staff and students sincerely enjoyed listening to you and appreciate your willingness to give back to our current students.