Over the course of two hours, 300 Knightdale High School students swarmed the gym, which was temporarily converted into a zoo of potential college, career and summer job opportunities.
One student debated with a Catawba College admissions counselor, while a cluster of girls surrounded one of several cosmetology booths. Nervous seniors paused at multiple college booths, and curious freshmen mingled among town police and firefighters and a military recruiting table.
That is the goal of having all grade-levels participate, said KHS Career Development Coordinator Sharon Lawrence. Instead of having a career fair for upperclassman only, students can begin thinking early about the variety of options open to them post-graduation. Plus, she had invited multiple organizations representing summer job opportunities.
Noah Pitire, a freshman sporting a baseball cap and a mini skateboard tucked under his arm, held a flier up and said that he had discovered that drug counseling was a potential career.
Although he said he wants to pursue coding and graphics, the drug counseling was a neat opportunity he never knew existed.
Under the KHS redesign that is currently in the planning stages, he said he’ll probably choose the institute of creative design out of the five possible institutes.
Evangelina Gutierrez and Apria Tate, both freshmen, stuck together as they investigated different options. Despite their young age, they both had clear ideas about their futures.
“I’m going to be a lawyer,” Tate said.
“Me too,” Gutierrez agreed.
They had already picked the insitute of government and global inquiry for their track next year, and wanted to learn how to figure out cases, argue and “push people to care more.”
Feelings about redesign
Although some students said that the redesign was “unecessary,” and the “name was too long,” most students from a range of grades said they are looking forward to the redesign.
Some upperclassmen, like junior Lindsey Boielle said that it was a huge change for the school with significant challenges. Although juniors and seniors wouldn’t be affected by the institutes, she didn’t think placing freshmen into an institute was smart.
“A lot of students don’t know what they want to do,” she said.
“I feel like if you graduate from KHS, it’s (whatever), but if you graduate from the Knightdale School of Collaborative Design, its pretty cool,” he said.
Junior Bria Williams expressed the feelings of many students.
“I’m ready for it,” she said. “Just to see how it will be.”