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Camp kids explore careers

By Staff | Jul 16, 2010

Children in Ms. Liza Jonczak and Ms. Stephanie Unger’s Rise and Shine Shepherdstown Elementary School summer camp gather in front of the Chronicle office Tuesday. Chronicle photo by Daniel Friend

Every summer about 100 local students in kindergarten through 6th grades participate in the local Rise and Shine summer camp run through Jefferson County Schools.

The camp meets for two two-week sessions from 8:30 a.m. until noon, and each grade level covers a different theme.

Teachers Liza Jonczak and Stephanie Unger covered careers during the most recent two-week session in Shepherdstown. The kids visited various businesses where they learned what it was like to work as a police officer, a dentist, a baker, a radio broadcaster, a food service worker and a newspaper editor.

Chronicle Editor Dan Friend worked with the students on their own story about their summer camp experiences. Many offered their opinions about the camp experience, while others offered thoughts on what careers they might like to pursue.

Other local teachers who run the program are Leslie Boyd, Anna Schar, Pam Chambers and Nancy Cline, Michelle Webb and Anna Schar.

Here are the students’ thoughts on what they’ve been learning and what they want to do when they grow up:

“When I grow up, what I want to be is an inventor. I want to be an inventor because I want to make a time machine so I can go back to the time of 2009 so I can be in the news for popping up in the middle of the grocery store in a future-like car and buy a copy of the newspaper. The reason I’m going to do it is because it will be more than 20 years from now. Then I will invent a flying car, robot helpers, and an automatic food maker. I’ll keep on making new, cool stuff.”

– Michael Morisak

“When I grow up I want to be a drag racer and a motorcycle racer. I want to be a drag racer because I watch it on TV and it looks awesome. I can’t wait until I’m 20 because that is when I want to start.”

– Jackson Shanholtz

“I want to be a famous snowboarder when I grow up because it is fun. Plus I learned it with my friend. That is why I can’t wait to be a snowboarder.”

– Ryan Barz

“When I grow up I want to be a park ranger. I want to be a park ranger because my mom was a ranger. I love the outdoors! I can’t wait till I grow up!”

– Katerina Rushizky

“I want to be a professional soccer player when I grow up. I like playing soccer at home and all the time. In professional soccer you might get to be in the world cup. My two favorite soccer player are Rhonoldinio and Messi. That’s why I want to be a professional soccer player.”

– Elijah Rosario

“When I grow up I want to be a pro football player. I want to be a pro football player because I am good at catching long passes, and being a good wide receiver. I also want to be a pro football player because I will have a lot of money so I can share it with my parents. That is why I want to be a pro football player when I am 24.”

-Cole Phaire

“I want to be a basketball player because you can slam dunk an you can be paid. That’s why I want to be a basketball player.” -Keion Beane

“My favorite thing in summer school was doing arts and crafts, and all of the other things that we did were fun, too. But I like that a little better. I think that is fun.” – Dylan Rudy

“My favorite thing I did at summer camp was go to the bakery.”

– Noah

“I want to be a singer when I grow up. When you’re a singer you get money from it. Singing is something I like a lot. So that is why I want to be a singer.”

– Netanya Z.

“Summer camp is fun. I have fun. I like summer camp.”

– Shane

“I like being in the newspaper. I like art. I like the friends I am making.”

– Gregory

“We went to the radio station. We’re going to the police station. Summer camp is awesome.”

– Taylor Henry

“My favorite thing about summer camp is recess. It is fun. We get to play.”

– Jack Sudduth

“Summer camp is fun. My friends are nice.”

– Jonah

“We went to the bakery and went on a tour there. We are going to the police station. We went to the radio station.”

– Graceann Heaberlin

“Summer camp is fun. My friends are nice. My teacher is very nice.”

– Zachary Pownell

“Summer is fun. Summer camp is fun. My friends are cool.”

– George Struthers

“Summer camp is fun. We were on the radio. We went to the bakery.” – Joshua Jack

“We went to the radio station. It was fun. We are going to the dentist.” – Trevor Forsyth

“Summer camp was fun. I got to see lots of my friends, including Ms. Jonczak. We saw a fire truck and ambulance. It was cool.”

– Matthew Bertone

“I really like camp. I met two friends. I am going to be in the newspaper!”

– Hannah Moerschel