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Local businesses, Southside students participate in Project Future Story Celebration

Featured image: White River Now’s Randy Alan conducts a mock interview with Braden Jones, a senior at Southside High School, during a recent event at the school.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, over 50 local businesses and industry partners provided interview opportunities for our JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) students to put their life skills lessons into practice during the Project Future Story Celebration at Southside High School.

Twenty-three juniors acted as hosts and hostesses during the JAG interview process earlier this week. Students helped usher interviewers and interviewees to their prospective locations. Several students were offered employment opportunities as a result of this project.

“This year’s group of students did an exceptional job of monitoring and adjusting in order to problem solve as different situations arose to keep things organized and on track,” said Lisa Rich, a Southside counselor

The Project Future Story Celebration continued with several student speakers who shared their “Future Stories” with the underclassmen.

“In 10th grade, there is no way I would have gotten on stage, but now I am so glad that Southside encouraged me to do it,” said Kristina Pennywitt, 12

The robotics club updated students on their successes at recent competitions while their robots showed off their skills. The concert choir and band also performed some of their Christmas selections with the group.

Southside graduate and current teacher at Southside, Adam Prince, was among several speakers who addressed students today as a part of the Project Future Story Celebration.

Bankers, healthcare professionals, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce representatives, and construction businesses also shared advice with students.

“A message I heard from the owner of Grass Roots [Equipment and Outdoors] is that it is important to step out of our comfort zones in order to achieve our goals,” said Devan Halford, 11

“I learned you can never be too overprepared,”  said Julie Nanney, 12

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