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The St. Joseph’s Academy Alumnae Association and Counseling Center hosted Career Day 2017 on March 15. Nearly 90 career women, including 68 Academy graduates, gathered on campus to share their career experiences with sophomores and juniors.

Career Day 2017 featured four sessions: guest speakers Jenni Peters, owner of Varsity Sports, and Kellie Michelli Barton ’86, director of education and talent management at Our Lady of the Lake; a panel of young alumnae who are current university students or recent graduates; and a career expo, enabling students to visit 21 different tables and talk to women in careers of interest to them. Career areas included fashion/hospitality management; interior design/architecture; graphic design/art; web design/videography/technology; engineering; chemistry/forensics/pharmacy; animal sciences; finances; dental hygiene/dentistry; marketing/advertising; catering/event coordination; physical therapy/athletic training; medicine; nursing; public relations/communications; law; learning specialties/religious education; social work; education; and counseling.

The 68 Academy graduates who participated in the career expo were Yvette Barbier Aillet ’09, Amy Andrews ’06, Ana Andricain ’86, Lauren Arikol ’09, Stephanie Gremillion Babin ’05, Natalie Bratton ’04, Lizzie Butler Broussard ’03, Stephanie Spielman Cargile ’88, Elizabeth Beyer Carter ’86, Stephanie Cauble, MD ’96, Rebecca Carriere Christofferson, Ph.D. ’98, Lisa Westmoreland Collier ’81, Kate Butler Cook ’01, Aimee Cronan ’96, Mary Kadair Crump ’76, Mandy Poche Cushing ’98, Allison Davis ’07, Stacie Lambert deBlieux ’97, Allison Brocato Dillard ’84, Erin Dauterive DiPalma, MD ’00, Monique Douglas ’08, Elaine Vidrine Duke ’10, Conchetta Foshee ’86, Claudia Poche Frantz ’06, Kristin Loup Green ’03, Merritt Guercio ’09, Angela Begue Hammett ’92, Kali Sanches Hay ’04, Stefania Himpler ’04, Anne Hindrichs ’81, Jeannemarie Drane Hinkle, MD ’86, Mary Dedeaux Honoré ’02, Maia Key ’08, Leigh Ann King ’06, Kelly Davis Leff ’03, Kristen LeBleu Losavio, MD ’00, Jennifer Rome Maggio ’02, Marlo Constantino Martin ’02, Sarah Elisar McCann ’08, Elizabeth Allgood McKnight ’02, Gina Lato McKnight ’86, Emily Hipwell Monsour ’99, Sara Hipwell Monsour ’93, Hayden Moore ’05, Jennifer Duplechin Oberthier ’04, Gracie Palombo ’09, Stephanie Fife Parenton ’04, Kathryn Dugas Podorsky ’86, Deanna Ledet Saab ’02, Christi Schott ’03, Liz Dauzat Seiter, MD ’79, Shannon Speeg ’02, Angelle Lavergne Terry ’03, Terrie Thomas, MD ’93, Sarah Jeansonne Wampler ’04, Tia Lockett Whittington ’04 and Nicole Willoughby ’06.

Young alumnae participants were Rebecca Andries ’12, Laura Flandez ’12, Caroline Gremillion ’11, Mary Miller ’11, Morgan Simpson ’11, Megan St. Germain ’11, Emily Tassin ’12 and Adrienne Wood ’11.

Junior Allie Peever said that she enjoyed Career Day as a junior beginning to make decisions about college. “My favorite part was getting to talk to the doctors at the career expo,” she said. “They were able to answer all of my questions and help me realize that I don’t have to major in biology to become a doctor. One of the doctors majored in engineering and told me the benefits of that. I spend a lot of time looking at college statistics and facts, but the doctors at the career expo were able to answer all my questions.”

Sophomore Madison Boudreaux said she enjoyed learning about the fields of medicine and psychology. “I now am seriously considering becoming a Christian psychiatrist,” she said. “I really like how you can mix faith and a career in order to create the perfect job for you on a personal and worldly level. I give Career Day a solid 10 out of 10.”

Sophomore Ainsley Schulte said Career Day participants were extremely helpful. “Everyone who came was so knowledgeable, and they answered any questions they were asked,” she said. “I’m really interested in pursuing a career in medicine, so I feel like Career Day helped me figure out what general direction I would like to go in.”

Sophomore Anne-Marie Dizor Coming said she went into Career Day thinking she would pursue a career in engineering and left the experience knowing she’d rather be a teacher. “I looked at the teachers’ table and thought of my time in THRIVE Club and realized I loved teaching kids about the things I’m passionate about,” she said. “I found out from that table what I’d have to do to get there, and it seemed pretty reasonable. I realized since I love my computer systems class and enjoy THRIVE Club, I would love to teach high schoolers who are motivated to learn more about computers.”

Career Day was coordinated by Alumnae Director Katie Jeter ’04 and school counselor Amy Scheurich House ’98.

 

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

 

Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine

 

Date posted: March 16, 2017

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