Thirty-three area organizations, ranging from accounting firms to veterinary clinics, said "Yes!" to the future by providing representatives to speak of career opportunities at the annual Sayre High School "Career Day." The three-hour event allowed the school's 500 junior and senior high students multiple chances to rotate through five separate sessions that each started with a occupational overview and ended with a job-related question and answer period.

The "Career Day" is a collaboration of the school's Guidance Office and the Career Development Council. According to SHS Guidance Counselor Stacy Richmond, the CDC component always guarantees a successful look at various professions. "Becky Horton of the Career Development Council is really the key player in all of this. She is the facilitator of this event and is also the 'go-to' person for our students when it comes to individual job shadowing. She is at our school once a week to help our students plan for their futures."

Horton credits the cooperation of the participating organizations in making job shadowing and career day opportunities possible. "You can't pull off an event like this without the complete cooperation of many different businesses, law and accounting firms, universities and, of course, our armed forces," said Horton. "Today the students got to hear from a broad array of professionals who took time out of their busy days to say 'yes' to the future of this area by supporting our youth. Sayre students now have a variety of very different career tracks to consider."

"Even before all of the career professionals were out of the building, we were already hearing really positive feedback from our students," said school principal Dayton Handrick. "The exposure our students got today was excellent. It was a great learning day."