Weather Forecast


High school seniors get a taste of future careers

Sixteen students from Jefferson High School in Alexandria participated in Career Mentor Connection 2013.

Career Mentorship is a full year, two-credit course for seniors, giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in a profession of interest to them.

The program is intended to give each student a better understanding and appreciation for an identified career and a realistic view of his or her own potential in that field.

The course culminated at a banquet on May 16, where students shared a final project about a specific aspect of their mentorship experience.

The following students participated in the mentorship:


Rachel Borden, daughter of Rod and Sue Borden, mentored with Dr. Mark Christenson at the Alexandria Veterinary Clinic. Her project was on foreign body obstructions and safe chew toys for pets. She plans to attend Alexandria Community and Technical College for generals and the University of Minnesota for a large animal veterinary degree.


Kaylee Carlson, daughter of Al and Kathy Carlson, mentored in cosmetology with Lisa Ann Seanger of Salon Alexis. Her project involved learning about the Pureology hair care line. Her highlights were washing, doing a blow out, and doing a waterfall braid. She plans to attend Aveda Institute in Minneapolis.


Trevor Gibbons, son of Sue Gibbons, mentored in family medicine with Dr. Paul Kitzmann of the Alexandria Clinic. His project was on the hazards of smoking. His highlight was witnessing the birth of a baby. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth to study biology/pre-med.


Kelsey Goergen mentored with Carla Spaeth of Pro Staff and Sharlo Meyer of Aagard. Her project was simplifying résumés. Her highlight was seeing two sides to human resources. She plans to attend Alexandria Community and Technical College to finish an Associate of Arts degree, then transfer to a four year university to study human resources and business administration.


Blaine Graff, son of Jim Graff and Michelle Saiko, mentored in law enforcement with Chad Gulbranson, mechanics with Jim Graff at Midwest Machinery and accounting at Johnson Larter. His project involved the equipment and technology used in law enforcement. He plans to attend Alexandria Community and Technical College for law enforcement.


Kelsey Harbig, daughter of Dallas and Rachel Harbig, mentored in nursing with Pat Perryman at Knute Nelson, Grand Arbor and Nelson Gables and with Barb Friederichs at Douglas County Hospital. Her project was on type 1 diabetes. Her highlight was watching the birth of a baby. She plans to attend Bemidji State University.


Robin Hoeper, daughter of John and Donna Hoeper, mentored in sales at Dilley Zimny Insurance with Anthony Zimny and in event planning at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center with Shari Prause. Her highlight was learning the planning aspect of putting together a wedding. She plans to attend Alexandria Technical and Community College for sales and marketing.


Shelby Iverson, daughter of Tim and Missy Iverson, mentored in early childhood special education with Megan Steidl at the Early Education Center at Woodland School. Her project involved making children's activities to practice areas of development in summer. Her highlights were teaching a class and seeing toddlers. She'll attend Minnesota State University Moorhead for early childhood special education.


Meagan Klarich, daughter of Steve and Julie Klarich, mentored with Deb Weber of Knute Nelson, Dianne Doyle of Heartland Orthopedics, and the staff at Douglas County Hospital Rehab Department. Her project was on total hip replacement. Her highlight was learning new things about physical therapy. She plans to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead for biology/pre-physical therapy.


Jessica Larson, daughter of Barry and Dawn Larson, mentored with Rita Kopp and Brandon Strouth, hospital rehab center staff, and Alexandria Clinic therapy staff at Ecumen Bethany Community, Douglas County Hospital, Heartland Orthopedics Center and Alexandria Clinic. Her project was on total knee replacement. Her highlight was learning more about physical therapy in different areas and interacting with her mentors and the patients. She plans to attend Concordia College to major in exercise science.


Lainey Masteller, daughter of Guy and Tracy Masteller, mentored with nurses Pat Perryman, Barb Schneider and Barb Friederichs in Alexandria. She shadowed at Knute Nelson, Nelson Gables, Grand Arbor and the Douglas County Hospital. Her project was on scoliosis. Her highlight was getting to be a part of the waffle feed at the hospital. She plans to attend St. Cloud State University for nursing.


Matt Russell, son of Steve and Michelle Russell, mentored with Dr. Tony Lussenhop at the Alexandria Clinic. His project was on how alcohol affects the human body. His highlight was watching surgeries at the Douglas County Hospital. He plans to attend the University of North Dakota.


Ashley O'Brien, daughter of Brad and Jill O'Brien, mentored in marketing at Knute Nelson with Leigh Shebeck. Her project was introducing and marketing GrandCare, a computerized assistance system for seniors. Her highlight was going into the community to promote GrandCare and doing demonstrations. She plans to attend North Dakota State University for a major in public relations and advertising and a certificate in marketing.


Megan Radermacher, daughter of Pat and Melissa Radermacher, mentored in social work with Vicky Doetkott at Lincoln Elementary School and in journalism with Tara Bitzan at the Echo Press. Her projects included a four-zones of emotions game for elementary students and writing a portfolio of articles. Her highlight was seeing her first article published in the newspaper. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth for psychology and/or journalism.


Brandon Thoennes, son of Randy and Angie Thoennes, mentored in engineering with Charlie Gervais, Erik Peterson and David Sellnow of Douglas Scientific. His project was on the engineering design process and its application to FIRST Robotics and the professional engineering world. He will present the project at the Minnesota State High School League FIRST Robotics competition. He plans to attend North Dakota State University for a degree in electrical engineering.


Ariel Way, son of Jeff and Jane Way, mentored in agriculture education with Jeff Pokorney at Jefferson High School. He assisted in the classroom and taught lessons. He also served as FFA president and a 4-H ambassador. His project was a lesson on soil layers and how to improve soil conditions. He plans to attend North Dakota State University for agriculture systems management.