Community pitches in for West Holmes FFA’s ‘All-In’ week

Community pitches in for West Holmes FFA’s ‘All-In’ week

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What do most kids dream about growing up to be when they are young? Olympic pole vaulter? Astronaut? A lawyer, teacher or veterinarian?

The possibilities are nearly endless, and with each passing year, young children grow toward adulthood and must make sense of what they hope to become.

Part of growing up in FFA is learning how to become a productive part of the community one lives in. The West Holmes High School FFA chapter members got a large dose of proof of how giving back to the community can be important during the chapter’s annual “All-In” week at the high school.

More than five-dozen community business members and just as many leaders from various organizations throughout the county visited West Holmes High School to talk to students about their respective jobs and the duties they perform.

The event was designed to give WHHS students a chance to see inside the jobs that make Holmes County a success. The community members in attendance helped provide insight into the varied places of employment in the county, but the event also served as a reminder to the students that giving back to one’s community is important.

Risa Snyder of Wilson’s Country Creations talked to a group of students about her business and what types of opportunities take place there for both summer and long-term employment.

“I think it is important for this generation to find where they want to go and pursue it, and it’s important for us as a community to invest in them and help provide as many avenues as possible as to where they might want to end up,” Wilson said. “It’s important for our young people to recognize that no matter what they do in life, they have to pursue it with a passion and work hard to meet their goals.”

Wilson said it is wonderful when area students choose to come back home and stay local after graduating and added Holmes County is known for positive, hard-working people. She also said being inventive and finding ways to make products in Holmes County is always going to benefit many.

Bronson Allison, owner of Live More TV, talked about photography and social media, something many young people today can relate to. He said volunteering to speak was important to him because he was once in their shoes and understands the importance of having someone who specializes in certain areas that might intrigue a student walk them through the facets of developing the necessary skills for the job.

“I remember when I was in school, nobody really spelled out what to expect when you became an adult and had to find a real job in the real world,” Allison said. “I want these young people to be successful, and if I can share my story, what made me successful and mistakes I made along the way, I hope they can take that insight and learn from it.”

Allison said he ended up on a career path he had not envisioned, and he knows young people today are trying to find their niche in life as they explore their options. He encouraged his students to find what they are passionate about and go after it with zeal.

Jamie Darr, a licensed professional land surveyor employed with Ohio Department of Transportation, spoke on a topic many young people may not know much about: the world of land surveying.

Darr said there is currently a huge shortage of people in the field, and opportunities abound for young people who are willing to tackle the role and forge a new career. He said salaries for land surveyors have risen sharply over the past six years, and he said events like this one can open the eyes of students to employment that is fulfilling and pays well.

“This is just one job that has come a long way that young people may have never heard about, but the opportunities for them to grow into a successful career are definitely available right now,” Darr said.

Darr said he is happy to give back to the kids, and it is exciting to see so many local people stepping up and doing the same to benefit the students and their futures.

With so many volunteers needed to speak at “All In,” it was a monumental undertaking, but one that became successful and hopefully inspiring to some of the students.

“I can’t give enough thanks to everyone who volunteered to come in and talk to the students,” said Jaime Chenevey, West Holmes FFA advisor. “This type of thing can really give students a little bit of insight into their future, and our community always does a wonderful job of connecting with the kids and helping them understand the importance of being a part of the community we live in.”