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Counselor Meghann Lambeth and Local Professionals Ensure Success of Ellerbe Middle School’s Fourth Semi-Annual Career Day

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Presenter Dan Wright Encourages Ellerbe Middle Schoolers at Job Fair Presenter Dan Wright Encourages Ellerbe Middle Schoolers at Job Fair Photo by C.K. Craven

ELLERBE - Thursday, November 8th, was the date of Ellerbe Middle School’s fourth semi-annual Career Day Job Fair, and once again, their faculty and staff facilitated a superb event that focused upon student awareness of what the “real world” holds, at least in direct relation to employment and job requirements.


No less than 29 individuals or organizations contributed their time and expertise to the morning event.  These included: Vancine Sturdivant of the Anson County Commissioners; Corey McPhaul of Professional Cutz Barbers; career coach Brenda David; chicken farmer Jed Lambeth; Susan Lynn of Cobb Chicken; computer engineer Luther Reader of Wells Fargo; FirstHealth dietician Abby Kennedy; Vondia Smith of Elite Funeral Homes; chief emergency management technician Grant Hunsucker; Evolution Health Club owner Blake Altman; film and television management professional Amy Harmon; Angel Thompson of Godfather’s Pizza and Bowling; mechanic and Army veteran Dustin Russell; Horace Mann Insurance representative and NCAA/NCHSAA official Dan Wright; Mike Brown and Edie Rae Bryant of Ned’s Pawn Shop; public health educator Cindy Laton; registered nurse Vic Barberousse; Jeff Epps of RCC’s computer programming department; probation officer Andrew Scott; Sergeant Tahid Rucker of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office; Lieutenants Ansley and Baldwin of the Rockingham Police Department; school counselor Sue Jarvis; sign language interpreter Lucas Newton; taxidermist Marshall Davis; and Allison Melvin, Takeesha Patterson, and Steve Finger of NCWorks (NC Department of Commerce). 

Under the leadership of Principal Melvin Ingram and Counselor Meghann Lambeth, it would seem that each and every member of the EMS family conjoins in unison to provide a truly meaningful (and exciting) experience for their students at each of these semi-annual job fairs. 

“We simply try to give them the information about what they will need to be successful in today’s – or tomorrow’s – world of employment,” said Lambeth.  “And what better way is there to do that than to ask the local professionals themselves to offer their words of wisdom?” 

Indeed, Meghan and the rest of the EMS faculty and staff are obviously dedicated to their students, and the sheer number of local presenters who volunteer their time indicates that area  employers and organizations are just as supportive of the cause. 

Each November and April, Ms. Lambeth and her associates at EMS conduct the Career Day Job Fair, and each time it has proven to be a tremendous success. 

“This is our fourth Career Day event in the past two years and we have grown each time in relation to the number of professionals that take time out of their busy schedules to join us,” Lambeth noted. 

But if there is any doubt as to the value of the Career Day Job Fair at EMS, just ask the students themselves about the benefits of this event.  

Jocelyn Mereado and Katlyn Quick are two of those students. They were most interested in becoming an orthodontist and a cosmetologist, respectively. 

“I had thought about being an orthodontist before, but now that I know even more about what they actually do, I am really sure,” said Jocelyn. 

Katlyn was equally enthusiastic about what she learned in relation to the training that is required in cosmetology and barbering to be good in these fields.  “I’ve always liked reading about fashion, hair styles, make-up, and things such as that,” she said.  “Mr. McPhaul (Professional Cutz) was very knowledgeable and told us a lot that I didn’t know.” 

Eighth-grader Chloe Nunn was also impressed by what she learned during the half-day that was dedicated to the job fair.  “I have always thought about being a registered nurse,” said Chloe, “and now I am sure!”  She expressed her appreciation for the nurse (Vic Barbarousse) who joined them for the fair, and is now even more appreciative of the essential role that nurses play in the general area of health care. 

Chloe also noted the knowledge she gained from Blake Altman (Evolution Health Club), a gym owner and personal trainer, as it relates to physical health and thus indirectly to nursing. 

But why would 29 local professionals (some of whom were not only unpaid for the hours spent at EMS, but also sacrificed the opportunity to be making money elsewhere) volunteer their time for an entire morning with 200 or so middle schoolers? 

“I just want to help the kids any way I can and part of that is to let them know what they may need to change about themselves to ultimately be successful,” said presenter and motivational speaker Dan Wright of Horace Mann Insurance. 

A multi-talented individual, Dan specifically discussed the importance of motivation and dedication with the youngsters.  He worked in the mental health field for twenty years and now involves himself in a multitude of endeavors (e.g., ropes course instruction, working with the Red Cross, selling insurance through Horace Mann, officiating football at both the high school and college levels, etc.) that could potentially benefit these students in some way, either directly or otherwise, now or in the near future.  

And of course there were many others who also contributed greatly to the success of the EMS Career Day Job Fair. Tan Wall, a data manager for the school, mentioned Melissa Wall and Ashley Davis as two who were significant as “behind the scenes” personnel.  Certain teachers (i.e., Ms. Robinson and Mr. Anderson, instructors of social studies and mathematics, respectively) were also cited by the students as having been quite influential in helping to generate an atmosphere conducive to maximizing the learning experience at EMS. 

So, should you happen to encounter any of these persons out in the “real world,” you may want to express some degree of appreciation for their roles in the Ellerbe Middle School Career Day.  The faculty personnel are providing the foundation upon which daily learning can be structured.  The staff members are enabling special events of this type to be facilitated.  The organizations and individual professionals are volunteering their time to help the students become more aware of the opportunities that await them.  And of course, the EMS students themselves, as it is their enthusiasm and attentiveness that serve to make the event such a rewarding experience for everyone associated with it.  

Succinctly stated, Ellerbe Middle School certainly sets the tone as a general model for learning at multiple levels, and it is their Career Day Job Fair that represents a prime example of how such is accomplished.

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