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Ready for Work! Senior Spotlight

Here at the Chamber we look forward to opportunities to show off our Grant County business community to local students through events like the Industry Showcase. Obviously that's not an option this year.
Instead, we are highlighting graduating high school seniors from all over Grant County who are ready to join the workforce right after graduation. If you are interested in talking to any of these students about positions at your firm, you can contact them through their school counselor whose email is below their profile.
Looking for graduating COLLEGE seniors?  Scroll down!
Taylor Kern
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Nursing
Certifications completed at graduation:
CNA
Work Experience:
-Maurice's Clothing Store
-Clinicals for CNA
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hardworking
  2. Kind
  3. Very teachable
Interested in interviewing Taylor? Contact their counselor here.
Adrian Byer
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Nursing
Certifications completed at graduation:
Dual credits
Work Experience:
Not much. Parents don't allow.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard working
  2. Try to get my job done on time
  3. Good listener
Interested in interviewing Adrian? Contact their counselor here.
Ta'Ja Alita Edwards
Hometown: Virginia
Career Interest: Air Force, Business Marketing, Become a Singer
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Personality
  2. Kindness
  3. How I am as a person
Interested in interviewing Ta'Ja? Contact their counselor here.
Kameryn Harris
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest: Construction
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
-Job shadowing
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard worker
  2. On time
  3. Responsible
Interested in interviewing Kameryn? Contact their counselor here.
Ryan Bearden
Hometown: Converse
Career Interest: Cybersecurity
Certifications completed at graduation:
Various IT Certifications
Work Experience:
-Dishwasher
-Computer Repair
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Very good with people
  2. Hard worker
  3. Honest
Interested in interviewing Ryan? Contact their counselor here.
James Dixon
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Athletic therapist
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience: Dad's business
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. My work ethic
  2. I can do a lot
  3. They will like my attitude
Interested in interviewing James? Contact their counselor here.
Jacob Kelich
Hometown: Point Isabel
Career Interest: Truck Driver
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Work well with others
  2. Follows instructions
  3. Doesn't stop until the job is done
Interested in interviewing Jacob? Contact their counselor here.
Jaden Hawkins
Hometown: Amboy
Career Interest: IT
Certifications completed at graduation:
Various IT Certifications
Work Experience:
-Pizza King
-Imagine Burgers & Brew
-Slingshot
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Skilled programmer
  2. Excellent customer service abilities
  3. Problem solver
Interested in interviewing Jaden? Contact their counselor here.
Brookelin Percy
Hometown: Jonesboro
Career Interest: Registered Nurse
Certifications completed at graduation:
-CNA Certification
-CPR Certification
Work Experience:
-Texas Roadhouse
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Time management
  2. Quick learner
  3. Communication
Interested in interviewing Brookelin? Contact their counselor here.
Cornell Cardine
Hometown: Chicago
Career Interest: Start my own business
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience: Walmart
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. I move fast
  2. My talking skills
Interested in interviewing Cornell? Contact their counselor here.
Keagan Enlow
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest: Law Enforcement / Construction
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Work ethic
  2. Reliability
  3. Ability to work with others
Interested in interviewing Keagan? Contact their counselor here.
Lillian Carpenter
Hometown: Matthews
Career Interest: Medical field
Certifications completed at graduation:
-CNA Certified
Work Experience:
-Pizza Hut
-Clinicals at Colonial Oaks
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Compassionate
  2. Fast learner
  3. Time management
Interested in interviewing Lillian? Contact their counselor here.
Isabella Guerro
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest: CNA/Nursing
Certifications completed at graduation:
-CNA Certification
-CPR Certification
Work Experience:
-Culver's
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Ability to work well with others
  2. Strong work ethic
  3. Adaptability
Interested in interviewing Isabella? Contact their counselor here.
Markwon Bounds
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Vet, Dentist, or Health Care worker
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Kind
  2. Friendly
  3. Respectful

Interested in interviewing Markwon? Contact their counselor here.

Zoey Wright

Hometown: Summitville
Career Interest: Open - Enjoy working with people
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Positive attitude
  2. Completes tasks on-time
  3. Gets along well with others

Interested in interviewing Zoey? Contact their counselor here.

Alex Donovan
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Blue Collar or Firefighting
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
-Cashier
-Customer Service
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. People person
  2. Time management
  3. Team player
Interested in interviewing Alex? Contact their counselor here.
Phillip Lizar
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Auto Mechanic
Certifications completed at graduation:
OSHA 10 Hour
Work Experience:
-Construction Experience
-Walmart
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hardworking
  2. Easy to get along with
  3. Good listener
Interested in interviewing Phillip? Contact their counselor here.
Olivia Loft
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Criminal Justice
Certifications completed at graduation: CNA Certification, CPR Certification, Certified volunteer with Special Olympics Indiana
Work Experience:
-Phillips 66
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard worker
  2. Dependable
  3. Adaptability
Interested in interviewing Olivia? Contact their counselor here.
Donovan Adaway
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Tech Support
Certifications completed at graduation: Various IT Certificates
Work Experience:
-5 months of customer service in food industry
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Determination
  2. Flexible learning
  3. Time management
Interested in interviewing Donovan? Contact their counselor here.
Yenifer Juarez
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Bakery
Certifications completed at graduation: High School Diploma
Work Experience:
-Babysitting
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. I love to work
  2. Focus on what I need to do
  3. Do my best that I can
Interested in interviewing Yenifer? Contact their counselor here.
Seth Southworth
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: IT Support
Certifications completed at graduation:
Core 40
Work Experience:
-Technical Director - Televised Church Service
-Yard work
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Problem Solving with technology
  2. Work ethic
  3. Time management
Interested in interviewing Seth? Contact their counselor here.
Eli Ellis
Hometown: Swayzee
Career Interest: Hands On
Certifications completed at graduation: Technical certificate for Industrial electrical, OSHA certification
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Pleasant
  2. Willing to learn new things
  3. Wanting to pursue Education for Job
Interested in interviewing Eli? Contact their counselor here.
Kaisey Gray
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Registered Nurse
Certifications completed at graduation: CNA Certification, CPR Certification
Work Experience:
-Front desk at campground
-Waiter at 2 cafes (The Hotspot/Oswalt Family Bakery)
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Good communication skills with people
  2. I'm dependable
  3. Have good patience
Interested in interviewing Kaisey? Contact their counselor here.
Keirsten Hunnel
Hometown: Upland
Career Interest: Character Design, Digital Design, Food Service/Cook
Certifications completed at graduation:
Core 40
Work Experience:
-Subway & Pak-a-Sak in Montpelier
-Greek's Pizzeria in Upland
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Artistic
  2. Know how to use multiple Adobe products
  3. Understand color theory and am always willing to learn
Interested in interviewing Keirsten? Contact their counselor here.
Jacob Ploughe
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Hands On
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
-Pioneer
-Wendy's
-Subway
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Willing to learn
  2. Social
  3. Pursue Education for Job
Interested in interviewing Jacob? Contact their counselor here.
Ezra Nestleroad
Hometown: Jonesboro
Career Interest: Nursing
Certifications completed at graduation: CNA Certification, CPR Certification
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard-working
  2. Dedicated
  3. Motivated
Interested in interviewing Ezra? Contact their counselor here.
Kane Scoda
Hometown: Summitville
Career Interest: Hands On
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
-Masonry side jobs
-Some auto body
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Willing to learn
  2. Good work ethic
  3. Hard worker
Interested in interviewing Kane? Contact his counselor here.
Adam Johanning
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Skilled trades, construction, carpentry
Certifications completed at graduation: Auto CAD
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Punctual
  2. Hardworking
  3. Friendly
Interested in interviewing Adam? Contact his counselor here.
Tori Pherson
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Trauma, ICU, ER Nurse
Certifications completed at graduation: CNA Certification, CPR Certification
Work Experience:
-York Place Assisted Living
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Patience
  2. Communication
  3. Time Management
Interested in interviewing Tori? Contact her counselor here.
Bianca Bell
Hometown: Upland
Career Interest: Teacher
Certifications completed at graduation: Core 40
Work Experience:
-Dish Crew at Eastbrook High School
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hardworking
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. On-Time
Interested in interviewing Bianca? Contact her counselor here.
Tyler Buteau
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Welding
Certifications completed at graduation: SP2, Safety
Work Experience:
-Hinds Career Center
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Respectful
  2. Try my best to help people
  3. Hard worker

Interested in interviewing Tyler? Contact his counselor here.

Xylandia Hale
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: CNA
Certifications completed at graduation: MRCC Welding Program
Work Experience:
-Babysitting
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Time management
  2. Hardworking
  3. Good with people
Interested in interviewing Xylandria? Contact her counselor here.
Brandyn Goodman
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Undecided
Certifications completed at graduation: Diploma Technical Honors
Work Experience:
-Fazoli's
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Responsible
  2. Trustworthy
  3. Honest
Interested in interviewing Brandyn? Contact his counselor here.
Zoe Riddle
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: ICU or Trauma Nurse
Certifications completed at graduation: I will be a certified CNA upon graduation as well as recertified in CPR but I've been CPR certified since 2020!
Work Experience:
-Lifeguard for 2 summers
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Good with people
  2. Driven/Hardworking
  3. Passionate about helping people
Interested in interviewing Zoe? Contact her counselor here.
Allison Mullenix
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Real Estate Agent / Broker
Certifications completed at graduation: 90 hour per-licensing broker course
Work Experience:
-Owning my own successful online business since 2020
-Babysitting between 1-6 kids
-Part-time worker for dad's construction/excavating business
-House sitter
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Good with people
  2. Good with numbers
  3. Self-motivated
Interested in interviewing Allison? Contact her counselor here.
Aalayla Pettiford
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Child Development
Certifications completed at graduation: Diploma Technical Honors
Work Experience:
-Northwood Manor
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Responsible
  2. Trustworthy
  3. Workaholic
Interested in interviewing Aalayla? Contact her counselor here.
Zach Dollar
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Paint cars / Bodyman
Certifications completed at graduation: Safety certified, Hinds Career Center certificates
Work Experience:
-2 years at Hinds Career Center
-My own cars
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard worker
  2. Open to learning new things
  3. Fast worker/efficient
Interested in interviewing Zach? Contact his counselor here.
Gary Herrington
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Welding
Certifications completed at graduation: MRCC Welding Program
Work Experience:
-2 Years at State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources
-6 months at Fazoli's
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard Worker
  2. Works well in groups
  3. Creative
Interested in interviewing Gary? Contact his counselor here.
Jade Robbins
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Child development (daycare)
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
-Infants & Toddlers
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Responsible
  2. On-time
  3. Love watching kids
Interested in interviewing Jade? Contact her counselor here.
Encouraged by the popularity of our graduating high school senior spotlights, we present graduating COLLEGE senior spotlights as well! If you see someone that might be a good fit for your organization, feel free to contact them by their included email!
Colten Mowat (IWU)
Hometown: Upland, IN
Career Interest: Physician
Certifications Completed: Bachelors of Biology and Pre-Medical Science
Work Experience:
1.     Medical Scribe at Ball Memorial Hospital
2.     Volunteer at Bridges to Health
3.     Research Assistant at IWU
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
1.     Attention to Detail
2.     Problem Solving
3.     Work Ethic
Interested in interviewing Colten? Contact him here.
Kourtney Bragg (Ivy Tech)
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Child Development, Human Services
Degrees / Certifications Completed (at time of graduation): Kourtney recently earned an associate degree in Human Services Social Work. She is passionate about working with children. She hopes to earn a Montessori certification in the near future. Kourtney looks forward to impacting the lives of youth in our community.
Short Summary of Work Experience: Kourtney currently serves as a substitute teacher in our local schools. Before subbing, she spent 3 years as a child care worker for the Grant County YMCA. She also has experience in office administration and retail customer service.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
1. Kourtney is an excellent listener
2. Kourtney is passionate about the development of youth
3. Kourtney is a critical thinker committed to helping children problem solve.
Interested in interviewing Kourtney? Contact her here.
Sydney Bradford (Ivy Tech)
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Criminal Justice
Degrees / Certifications Completed (at time of graduation): Associate of General Studies
Short Summary of Work Experience: Sydney has experience in direct patient care, customer service, and restaurant services.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
1. Providing direct support to individuals in need
2. Empathy
3. Critical thinking and problem solving
Interested in interviewing Sydney? Contact her here.
Brady DeBat (IWU)
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Career Interest: I have desires to work for an organization that impacts the community for its benefit. I also desire a career that would be working with people. I have desires for a career that cares about its employees and seeks to help them grow in their skills, as well.
Certifications Completed: Community Development (Degree) & Addictions Counseling (Certificate)
Work Experience:
1.     Dorm Residential Life- Spiritual chaplain
2.     Upward Bound Tutor and Summer Leader
3.     Schrier Plastics- Factory worker
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
1.     Technological Literacy
2.     Communication Skills
3.     Natural Leadership
Interested in interviewing Brady? Contact him here.
Erin Smithee (IWU)
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Career Interest: Event Planning, Office Coordinator, Executive Assistant
Certifications Completed: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Work Experience:
1.     Event Services internship at Calvin University
2.     Nursing Testing Lab Assistant for Indiana Wesleyan University's Pre-licensure School of Nursing
3.     Student Worker at Indiana Wesleyan University National and Global's Devoe Division of Business
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
1.     Attention to detail
2.     Communication
3.     Strong work ethic
Interested in interviewing Erin? Contact her here.
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