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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!
Brandon Blair
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Business, accounting, and finance
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Responsible
  2. Reliable
  3. Hardworking
Interested in interviewing Brandon? Contact his counselor here.
Spencer Whitehad
Hometown: Converse
Career Interest: Construction
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:Cook at a local restaurant
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hardworking
  2. Persistent
  3. Precise
Interested in interviewing Spencer? Contact his counselor here.
Andrew Alexander
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest: Welding
Certifications completed at graduation:
Full year of welding I completed at the Career Center
Work Experience: I go to Marion Regional Career Center for Welding
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. I love welding
  2. Hard worker
  3. I love getting dirty. I think it's fun.
Interested in interviewing Andrew? Contact his counselor here.
Jackson Bricker
Hometown: Alexandria
Career Interest: Welding and Fabrication
Certifications completed at graduation: 3G MIG Welding Certification
Work Experience:
6 years (Mechanics, Welding, Fabrication)
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Adaptable and Hardworking
  2. Experienced and certified welder
  3. Willing to learn, train, and progress
Interested in interviewing Jackson? Contact his counselor here.
Kasey Smith
Hometown: Converse
Career Interest: Networking / Server Management
Certifications completed at graduation: Microsoft Office Specialist
Work Experience:
Building houses.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Willing to do things outside of comfort zone
  2. Pick things up quickly
  3. Willing to work any hours
Interested in interviewing Kasey? Contact her counselor here.
Kinzie Workman
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Law enforcement
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience: Auto parts, furniture delivery, construction, mechanics, agriculture
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Always on time
  2. Professional
  3. Polite
Interested in interviewing Kinzie? Contact her counselor here.
Kaycee Sands
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest: Early childhood teacher
Certifications completed at graduation:
9 credit hours
CNA in progress
Work Experience: Practicum placement at Westview
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. I'm a hard worker and able to grasp new concepts quickly
  2. I'm reliable
  3. I have strong interpersonal skills
Interested in interviewing Kaycee? Contact her counselor here.
Eli Hoke
Hometown: Jonesboro
Career Interest: Farming and Mechanics
Certifications completed at graduation: 1F, 2F, & 3F welding certifications
Work Experience:
3 years working as a farm hand
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Strong work ethic
  2. Strong organizational skills
  3. Willing to learn
Interested in interviewing Eli? Contact his counselor here.
Francisco Leandro
Hometown: Upland
Career Interest: Business
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience: I know how to cook, be a waiter, and help employees.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Work hard
  2. Honesty
  3. Respect to customers, employees, and employer
Interested in interviewing Francisco? Contact his counselor here.
Halie Starks
Hometown: Hartford City
Career Interest: Tech support
Certifications completed at graduation: Microsoft Office Specialist
Work Experience:
BHS Greenhouse, Afena Credit Union, Volunteered at a nursing home/Church VBS
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Out of the box thinking / creativity
  2. Personable / good with people
  3. Logical / honesty
Interested in interviewing Halie? Contact her counselor here.
Aidan Hardcastle
Hometown: Converse
Career Interest: Union
Certifications completed at graduation: NCCR Carpentry 1, OSHA 10
Work Experience: CCI Construction
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard working
  2. Good listener
  3. Trustworthy
Interested in interviewing Aidan? Contact his counselor here.
Brynson Ford
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Construction and factory work
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Server at Bob Evans - 1 year
Dishwasher at Ben's Bar - 6 months
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Willing to learn
  2. Hardworking
  3. Trustworthy and dependable
Interested in interviewing Brynson? Contact her counselor here.
Paris Lewis
Hometown: Fowlerton
Career Interest: Family Law
Certifications completed at graduation: Criminal Justice certification from Ivy Tech
Work Experience: Retail, Busser, Hostess
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Organized
  2. Active listener
  3. Teamwork
Interested in interviewing Paris? Contact her counselor here.
Tytus Anthony
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest:Diesel Tech / Mechanic
Certifications completed at graduation: OSHA 10 hr general industry safety and health
Work Experience: Working on personal vehicles
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Mechanically inclined
  2. Hardworking
  3. Quick learner
Interested in interviewing Tytus? Contact his counselor here.
Austin Simpson
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Anything in construction
Certifications completed at graduation: NCCER Core & NCCER Carpentry Level 1
Work Experience:
General construction experience to include rough framing, roofing, siding, and drywall.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Fast learner
  2. Good listener
  3. Ability to work in a team
Interested in interviewing Austin? Contact his counselor here.
Gage Cook
Hometown: Converse
Career Interest: Construction
Certifications completed at graduation: Heartland Career Center Auto-Collision Repair
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Communication Skills
  2. Teamwork
  3. Eager to learn
Interested in interviewing Gage? Contact his counselor here.
Jeron Mason
Hometown: Summitville
Career Interest: Attending Ivy Tech to be electrician
Certifications completed at graduation: CT from Ivy Tech in Industrial Electric Technology
Work Experience:
Farm work and machine maintenance
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard working, adaptable
  2. Experience fixing and running heavy machines
  3. Teachable and dedicated
Interested in interviewing Jeron? Contact his counselor here.
Justin Dakin
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest: Welding
Certifications completed at graduation: 60 credit hours
Work Experience: Working in a fab shop
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hardworking
  2. Always on time
  3. Determination
Interested in interviewing Justin? Contact his counselor here.
Divinity Bradford
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest:Human Services, animal care and conservation
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Johnson Oil, Matthews BP
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Determined to get better and get tasks done
  2. Positive attitude and good people skills
  3. Ability to make quick and creative decisions
Interested in interviewing Divinity? Contact her counselor here.
Elija Dudley
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Construction Trades
Certifications completed at graduation: NCCER Core & NCCER Carpentry
Work Experience:
Currently work at Best-One. Also have general construction experience to include framing, roofing, siding, and drywall work.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Quick learner
  2. Dependable
  3. Ability to lead others
Interested in interviewing Elija? Contact his counselor here.
Dillon Irvin
Hometown: Amboy
Career Interest: Mechanic / Factory
Certifications completed at graduation: I'm not quite certified in Auto Tech, I have passed all ASE tests, just need to complete this year.
Work Experience: Cashier at flea market for a year, had my own lawn equipment repair shop.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. I work really well with the equipment given to me.
  2. I can easily adapt to different scenes.
  3. Good with customers
Interested in interviewing Dillon? Contact his counselor here.
Evan Taylor
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Helping people or HVAC/Pipefitting
Certifications completed at graduation:
Work Experience:
Volunteer at Nursing Home
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Hard worker
  2. Adaptable
  3. Willing to learn
Interested in interviewing Evan? Contact his counselor here.
Zachary Buck
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest: Criminology
Certifications completed at graduation: Criminal Justice certification in progress at Ivy Tech
Work Experience:
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Trustworthy
  2. Dependable
  3. Hard worker
Interested in interviewing Zachary? Contact his counselor here.
Elizabeth Wilhems
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Work with Animals
Certifications completed at graduation: CPR
Work Experience:
Horners (8/20-present)
Jimmy John's (9/16-5/17)
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. I think outside the box to see solutions to problems.
  2. I am a good leader when my position calls for it.
  3. I am consistent and compassionate.
Interested in interviewing Elizabeth? Contact her counselor here.
Jaden Peer
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Electrical work
Certifications completed at graduation: None
Work Experience: Part-time sales associate at Dollar General
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. I'm very good with people
  2. I can think of easy solutions to problems on the fly
  3. I like challenges. Figuring out how to get past a hard spot is something I excel at
Interested in interviewing Jaden? Contact his counselor here.
Travis Smith
Hometown: Fairmount
Career Interest: Construction or Factory Work
Certifications completed at graduation: All three of my employee reviews have been exemplary.
Work Experience:
McDonald's (7/19-present)
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Managerial Experience at McDonald's.
  2. I get along well with my co-workers.
  3. I complete all the tasks asked of me.
Interested in interviewing Travis? Contact his counselor here.
Braydon Montgomery
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Welding and Film making
Certifications completed at graduation: I will not have a certification, but I will have completed 2 full years of Welding at Marion Regional Career Center.
Work Experience: Subway, Hometown Express
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Welding
  2. Artistic/Creative
  3. Punctual
Interested in interviewing Braydon? Contact his counselor here.
Sarah Tish
Hometown: Gas City
Career Interest: Culinary Arts
Certifications completed at graduation: Academic Honors Diploma
Work Experience: I own a home based bakery called "Sarah's Sweets." I also worked at Los Amores and I currently work at Tacos No Mas.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Leadership
  2. Punctuality
  3. Customer Service
Interested in interviewing Sarah? Contact her counselor here.
Ruth McDivitt
Hometown: Marion
Career Interest: Preschool teacher
Certifications completed at graduation: Child Development Associate Credential
Work Experience: Interned at Westminster Preschool and Childcare in the summer of 2020.
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Patience is an important skill to have as a preschool teacher.
  2. Creative thinking allows me to problem solve in a variety of ways.
  3. As a responsible and reliable person, I report to work on time.
Interested in interviewing Ruth? 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!
Paul Neuenschwander (IWU)
Major: Social Work
Career Interest: Hospital Social Work
Short Summary of Work Experience:
  1. Sales Associate
  2. Life Guard
  3. Lawn Care
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Leadership
  2. Teamwork
  3. Communication
Why would you like to work in Grant County?
I want to be more connected to this community.
Interested in interviewing Paul? Contact him here.
Naomi Wilson (IWU)
Major: General Studies with an emphasis on Music Composition
Career Interest: Music Composition
Short Summary of Work Experience:
  1. Job Shadowing
  2. Work Study
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Getting there on time
  2. Hard worker
  3. Fast
Why would you like to work in Grant County?
Might be interesting.
Interested in interviewing Naomi? Contact her here.
Sydney Ferree
Major: Youth Ministries and Intercultural Studies (minor in Spanish)
Career Interest: Youth Ministry / Social Work
Short Summary of Work Experience:
  1. Youth Director and Fairmount Wesleyan Church
  2. Residence Hall Chaplain at IWU
  3. Bank Teller at Lake City Bank
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Relational
  2. Organized
  3. Responsible
Why would you like to work in Grant County?
I live in Grant County, and I have a part time job in Fairmount. I am looking for another part time job starting in August. I love Grant County and have had lots of good experiences volunteering here.
Interested in interviewing Sydney? Contact her here.
Heidi Lins
Major: English and Writing
Career Interest: Creative Writing, Editorial Writing, Copywriting
Short Summary of Work Experience:
  1. Greenhouse worker
  2. Restaurant worker
Top 3 Skills that Employers Will Love:
  1. Organized
  2. Great time management
  3. Detail-oriented
Why would you like to work in Grant County?
Grant County is a great place to find new opportunities and grow in one's understanding of the community that is in Grant County. I want to work here so I can further invest my time in serving those here and learning more about the city I live in.
Interested in interviewing Heidi? Contact her here.
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