WVHS students explore career fields, get pro insights at 7th Annual Career Day


WVHS students explore career fields, get pro insights at 7th Annual Career Day

April 22, 2022

On Thursday, April 21, Warwick Valley High School held its 7th Annual Career Day. The “annual” event took some time off for health and safety concerns around the pandemic, but returned to the gym this year with more than two dozen businesses and organizations in attendance. WVHS Career Day gives students a wide view of career fields, employment and service opportunities available to them locally and nationally.

“Our Career Day committee worked hard to gather professionals from a variety of fields, so there was a lot for the students to explore, and really consider the sorts of vocations and professions that align with their interests, talents, and skills,” said WVHS Associate Principal Mr. Stephen Sweeney.

(l-r) Krista Plunkett (`11) and Anne Morgan (`16) of The Opal Studio.

Among the professionals who turned out to share their experiences with students, was Krista Plunkett. A 2011 WVHS grad, Krista opened her own salon, The Opal Studio, just over a year ago in Florida, NY. Her assistant, Anne Morgan, a 2016 WVHS grad was with her. 

“I am forever grateful for the education and opportunity I was given,” said Krista. “The cosmetology program completely shaped my life and helped me realize my passion for my craft. Talk about coming full circle!”

Students circulated among representatives from fields as wide ranging as law, automotive sales, military service, healthcare, sports broadcasting, tourism, and more.

“My grandfather always tells me and my sister that if we can find something we love doing for work, that work will be something we always love,” said one student. “Between the electives I’ve been able to take and events like this one, I’ve had great chances to really hone in on what interests me and get closer to that.”

Many students appreciated the insights into locally available career paths and opportunities.

“After graduation, I’m headed out of state for college, but I plan on bringing what I learn back here to have a career in the community,” said one. “Having these local business people show up to give us advice and answer questions really reinforced my confidence that I’ll be able to accomplish that.” 

Here is a list of the businesses and organizations who attended at this year’s WVHS Career Fair were.

  • Bell Flavors & Fragrances
  • Berkeley College
  • Blustein, Shapiro, Frank and Barone LLP
  • Crystal Run Health Care
  • The Office of Dr. Episcopio
  • Early Intervention
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • LEGOLAND New York
  • Leo Kaytes Ford
  • MLB
  • Mountain Creek Resort
  • Nourish Your Mind
  • The Opal Studio
  • Orange County DA’s Office
  • Orange County DPW
  • Orange County Youth Bureau
  • Pennings Farm Market
  • RenBio
  • ShopRite
  • St. Anthony Community Hospital
  • US Army
  • US Army National Guard
  • US National Guard
  • Warwick Fire Department
  • Warwick Police Department
  • Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • WVCSD Athletic Trainer

WVHS thanks the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and ShopRite of Warwick for generously sponsoring this event.


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