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White Plains High Hosts Career Fair

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Nadine Schiefer, a ninth-grader at White Plains High School, said skimming the 30 booths at the school's first career fair beat the typical computer class.

"It was fun because you got to see what everyone does. Normally you see a job and you’re like, 'Oh, this is what they do.' But then you ask them questions, and there’s a lot more to it," said Schiefer, 15.

Schiefer, who envisions herself going into interior design or detective work, said she particularly enjoyed talking with local fashion designer Denise Proctor and White Plains Police Department members.

Dozens of Schiefer's peers wandered through the high school's media center Tuesday mingling with editors, teachers, entrepreneurs, bank employees, a chef, medical personnel, engineers and municipal employees. Students were instructed to ask professionals about what peaked their interests in the career, what constituted proper training, what occurred on a typical day, and what recommendations they had for those interested in their line of work. Lucy Roman, the school's coordinator of business, library media and instructional technology, said she was pleased with the first of many annual career fairs.

"We’re figuring out ways of really promoting our business education courses and the importance of getting kids to think about careers in college," Roman said. "I thought this would be a great culminating activity to have them speak to professionals about what’s going on, what’s out there, and what you have to do to get there."

Mariah Moore, a junior, said she hoped future fairs would include bigger presentations with more visuals.

"I came in to go to the computer lab and I saw all this stuff, so I decided to check it out. I like the fashion, art and performing stuff," said Moore, 16.

She and several high schoolers gathered around a cocktail dress fashioned out of $150 worth of Bounty towel wrappers at Proctor's table.

"I'm very pleased they did it. I met so many interesting people – people who are interested in fashion. People who aren't, but I like it because it opens up their mind," said Proctor, a White Plains designer who runs Westchester Fashion Academy for children. "I tell them if you're interested in fashion or dressing or art or shoes, you should give it a shot. There's so many things you can do. It's not just designing clothes, there are buyers, merchandisers, tailors."

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