Career Day at High School
Talking Careers and Business with
Sayville High School Students
Sparing time from their busy work schedules, guest professionals (see list below) shared their expertise with Sayville High School Juniors and Seniors on a special Career Day. The event, the brainchild of Sayville Superintendent Dr. Walter Schartner and Sweet Frog owner Joseph Golio, matched students with respective career fields based on the results of an “interest survey” they had taken in advance.
“In an increasingly competitive world,” Guidance Council Tim Dillon explained, “it is vitally important to help young people discover their gifts. Equally important, as we strive to incorporate the three R’s of education: Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships, is helping young people realize how their gifts fit into the world of work.”
With a diverse choice available that day, students who expressed specific interests, learned about careers in law, politics, healthcare, engineering-computers IT, education, business-finance-marketing, and about what it takes to run a small business. Even those who remained undecided joined an eclectic discussion group.
Regarding the Career Day itself, Mr. Dillon had words of praise for everyone who contributed toward making the program a beneficial experience for the students. “We were humbled and overwhelmed by the selfless and talented volunteer speakers; all of whom shared generously, their stories on the pathways to having productive and satisfying careers.” In addition, Mr. Dillon acknowledged, “our exceptional administrative team at Sayville High School for working tirelessly to make it happen” as well as the special efforts by “Mrs. Sharon O’Halloran in our main office, who was an extraordinarily helpful professional resource in managing all the correspondence and clerical duties.”
Thanks go to the following guests who shared their expertise with the students:
1. Health Care –Moderator Mr. Hoffer-Auditorium
- Dr. Travis Bench – Heart Surgeon
- Dr. Frank Gomez- Chiropractor
- Fran Riccardi- RN
- Dan Joy physical therapist
2. SMALL BUSINESS –Moderator Mr. Baio-Orchestra Room
- Brendan Barrett- Sayville Running Co.
- Caityln Collins By a Thread
- Rich D’Andrea Raynor & D’Andrea
- Christopher Imperato- Coin Collector
- Pat Iiya interior design
3. EDUCATION –Moderator Mrs. Makris-Library
- Donna DiBerardino Librarian
- Brian Hart College Professor
- Artie Mattia
- Audrey Mullen Speech Pathologist
- Laura Valente Dean of Residential Education
- Johnathan Prior Librarian
4. BUSINESS/FINANCE/MARKETING –Moderator Ms. Adamson-Band Room
- Tina Passin Financial Analyst
- Richard Riccomini Finance Schonfeld Tools
- David Geffner Financial Solutions
- Nancy Stallone CPA
- Wyder Tutirem Capital One Bank
5. LAW/POLICITAL –Moderator Ms. Backer-Senior Lounge
- Bill Lindsay Suffolk County Legislature
- Diane Novak ADA
- Nancy Ward police officer
- Patricia Carrol attorney
6. ENGINEERING/COMPUTERS IT –Moderator Mr. Dillon-Little Theatre
- Keith Sneddon
- Lorelei Schreiber
- Pat Hession
- Matt Otto (with Hession)
- John Guinessey Wm. Floyd Schools
7. UNDECIDED Moderator – Ms. Stevens-Chorus Room
- Debra Carlin
- Drew Fawcett
- Al Havraneck Old World Mouldings
- Chad Smith Youthhire.com
- Bill Etts Marc Williams Furniture
Student comments for each area are below:
ENGINEERING - Ryan Morrell: "...incredibly worthwhile...really opened my eyes up to the infinite possibilities that an Engineering career could provide."
HEALTH CARE - Gage Gomez: "It really helped continue my idea that I could have a rewarding career as a surgeon; Dr. Dench really inpsired me."
EDUCATION - Dan Martucci: "I never considered all the diffirent aspects of a career in education; from teaching to administrative, it can really be a dynamic field."
SMALL BUSINESS - Nick Casazza: " I was incredibly impressed with Brendan Barrett. He had a vision and was able to combine his passion for running with a career. I hope to do the same some day."