Four years go by quickly. Within months forty-two seniors will walk across the stage to collect their diplomas. Uppermost in many minds is the question, “What next?”
To help students answer that riddle PCHS hosted its annual College and Career Fair on Thursday.
The high school gym filled with representatives from almost thirty colleges and apprenticeship programs. Spokespersons from the US Army and Army National Guard also answered questions.
Last November Faith Moreira had plenty of questions for Sgt. Dittbemer. One year later, she stood shoulder to shoulder with Dittbemer and Sgt. Hertz to speak to other students about the Army National Guard. Moreira joined during her junior year.
“I drill one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer,” said Moreira. “I recommend the Guard because it is a great way to see the world. For a lot of kids in Lovelock, it’s a way to see that there is so much more to life.”
PCHS Counselor Matt Schottel partnered with Lisa Pontius to sponsor the event. Pontius coordinates Project GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). The US Department of Education administers the federal grant program to encourage students to continue their educations beyond high school.
Moreira plans to study pediatric nursing at UNR next fall.
“If I hadn’t joined the National Guard I don’t think I’d be where I am today,” she said.