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Middle-schoolers look ahead

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

What do you get when a lawyer, pro baseball player and veterinarian walk into the same building?

A career day at Kingsbury Middle School.

On Monday morning middle school students received their first look into what the real world has to offer when they visited representatives from different job fields including a watercolor artist, firefighter, water park developer from Hawaii and a newspaper reporter.

Nancy Rollston, principal at Kingsbury Middle School, wanted a wide variety of fields for students to visit. Since eighth-graders will take the metaphorical leap to high school next year, she wanted them to start thinking of classes they might want to take, such as a culinary class, if being a chef is an option.

“My feeling is that it’s never too early to be interested in what you might want to do,” she said. “It doesn’t mean they have to make a decision but it opens their eyes to see what’s out there.”

Eighth-grader Taylor Thomas discovered there was a difference between a civil and criminal lawyer. Siovhan Curley enjoyed the graphic artist because of the abundance of information and examples. Most of the male students visited Room 13 to see Mike Hartley, a former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.

Other students had a different idea for their future than the popular pick of a professional sports athlete.

“I’m writing a book,” said Katherine Grasso. “Every time I go to the store I have to get a new notebook.”

“One?” said Blake Bourne. “You get, like, five.”

“I’m looking into journalism and maybe being an author,” Grasso said, concluding her career choices.

Bernadette Martinez-Smith represented the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department along with fellow deputy Phil Lesquereau. Martinez-Smith, who also has the role of truancy officer, consistently looks for females or bilingual students interested in becoming law enforcement officers. Out of 55 deputies at the Sheriff’s Department, only two are women, she said.

However, one question usually pops up during deputy visits.

“The kids had a lot of questions,” Martinez-Smith said. “They wanted to know how many people we shot.”

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