St. Francis Xavier students learn about various careers through special guests

Friday, February 14, 2020
Ken Anderson, quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1971-1986, speaks on Friday to students at St. Francis Xavier School as part of their school’s career day. Anderson’s grandson attends the school. In addition to Anderson, students heard from individuals who work in the medical field, law enforcement and technology.
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SIKESTON — Students at St. Francis Xavier School in Sikeston learned about various careers on Friday when several special guests including an NFL legend visited them for a career day.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grades heard from seven presenters who shared their educational path, job responsibilities and fun facts with students to both encourage them to keep learning as well as to help them see where their interests could take them in the future.

Guests included Ken Anderson, quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1971-1986 and grandfather of a St. Francis Xavier student; Ben Barker of Focus Bank; Dr. Andrew Boldrey of Saint Francis Healthcare Pediatrics; Lt. Jon Broom with Sikeston Department of Public Safety; Amy Folsom, physician assistant for Missouri Delta Medical Center; Pate Hogan, technology director for New Madrid County R-1 School District; and Heather Payne with Animal Health Center.

Pate Hogan, speaks on Friday to students at St. Francis Xavier School as part of their school’s career day.
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All of Friday’s presenters had close ties to the school as either a parent or grandparent of current or past students, making the day extra special for the school community, according to Kendall Anderson with the school’s Parent Teacher Fellowship, who organized the event.

Students had the opportunity to ask questions with each of the presenters.

Second grader Anik Patel said he liked career day and learning about the different careers.

“It was kind of fun,” he said, adding he enjoyed hearing about being a technology director, police officer and NFL player.

Fourth grader Clara Fox said she also enjoyed the opportunity to hear from the different presenters.

“It was cool that we got to ask them questions,” Clara said, adding she liked learning about the careers of a physician assistant and NFL player.

St. Francis Xavier Principal Debra Pollock called it a great day.

“The children learned about a lot of different careers and the types of education it takes to pursue those careers,” Pollock said. “It was a wonderful experience.”

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