Moving forward by leaps and bounds….
Deanna Siemsen, Resource Counselor
Lamar Community College campus enjoyed the incredible energy produced by eighty middle school girls from southeast Colorado during the Girls in the Middle event on March 2, 2013. These young women hailed from Campo, Eads, Granada, Holly, McClave, Springfield, Vilas, Wiley, and Lamar. Throughout the day the students were challenged to think about their future and explore careers in many different fields. Lamar Community College women and LHS Dual Credit students shared their own career aspirations, team building, and enthusiasm for school with these eager young ladies.
“Lamar Community College campus enjoyed the incredible energy produced by eighty middle school girls from southeast Colorado..”
The day began with a welcome from Vice President of Academic Services and Student Services of Lamar Community College, Cheryl Sanchez and an inspirational message from Angel Luehring of Loveland, Co. Angel is currently working in the exciting field of forensics as a Deputy Coroner for the Boulder County coroner’s office. Angel shared a wealth of information about her occupation and busted a few myths about the field of forensics. Many questions ranging from technical to personal inquiries were asked of the guest speaker and she graciously answered every one of them. Following the keynote, team leaders Jane Nolan, Olivia Fremlin, Lauren Harms, Hunter Conroy, Janay Trurett, Sarina Scandalato, Kelsey Niehoff, Tanner Campbell, Jaden Noe, Nia Simms, Cydnee Ceballos, Amy Ausmus, Katie Brown-Spitz, Katie Crampton, and Robin Siemsen led the girls in an ice breaker activity and team chant.
Once the young women became familiar with their group they were whisked off to presentations across the campus given by professional women in their career field. Those interactive sessions included Biology with Julie Miller, Counseling with Amy Rosengrants-Smith, Athletic/Personal Training with Lisa Mandrey, Emergency Medical Technology with Emily Hager, Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant with Shelly Rio and Talla Talgai, Early Intervention with Char Herrera, Dental Hygienist with Joyce Reedy, Banking Technology with Melissa Zollars, Renewable Energy Construction with Kelli Gaines, Doug Cash, Lou Torrez, Betty Capko, Mary Ferrero, and David Provencher, Computer Information Technology with Loraine Saffer, Nursing Simulation with Marla Hicks and Forensics with Angel Luehring.
Next, the group was served lunch and enjoyed a fun activity of line dancing outside on the campus. The final group session challenged the girls to develop their own personal vision boards in which they were to plan where they would be in the future five to ten years from now. A variety of careers, colleges, and personal goals were represented on these boards.
“Throughout the day the students were challenged to think about their future and explore careers in many different fields.”
The day ended with a competition demonstrating the best group chant. All fourteen groups displayed a variety of styles and creativity with their chants but the Jade group was selected the winner at the end of the day. Final prizes were given to three lucky winners which included a spa day at the LCC Cosmetology Salon, an LCC $250.00 scholarship and an LCC $500.00 scholarship.
The 2013 Girls in the Middle conference could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of many volunteers and sponsors in this community. The 2013 board was made up of team members: Becky Navarrette, Amy Rosengrants-Smith, Jona Mills, Jenna Davis, Brenda Brown, Janet Gottschalk, and Deanna Siemsen. Other volunteers included Anne Marie Crampton, Kayla Tefertiller, Laurie Larrick, Sheila Dieterle, Kristi Johnson, Wendy Buxton-Andrade, Kristy Trowbridge, Ava Bair, Cheryl Sanchez, Demelza Stoudt, and Jenna Randle. Sponsors of the 2013 event included: American Family Insurance/Tonya Chavira, Bison Title Company, BJ’s Burger and Beverage, Crafter’s Corner, Darla Scranton Specht/Attorney, Lamar Eagles #3898, Lamar Eagles Auxiliary, Elks, Hair Gallery, J & N Shoes/Mr. D’s, KLMR, KVAY, Lamar Chamber of Commerce, Lamar Community College/Administration/Bookstore/Staff/Cosmetology/Business IT/ Foundation, Little People’s Preschool, McDonalds, Merle Norman Cosmetics & Beauty Salon, My Wholesale Products, Prowers County Commissioners, Prowers County Department of Social Services/Administration & Staff, Scentsy/Sharon Arns, The Mane Attraction, The Prowers Journal, Tri State Exchange, Valley National Bank, and Wal-Mart.