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Annual event is organized by high school leadership students at Summit Learning Charter

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - River Smith, a student at Summit Learning Charter, and Tony Marquez discuss his career with the U.S. Army during the schools career fair held Thursday, March 8.

Students at Summit Learning Charter got a glance into their future during the school's annual career fair.

Organized by the high school leadership class, more than 25 professionals attended the event on Thursday, March 8. Students connected with lawyers, photographers, military personnel and employees from Intel, Boeing, Banfield Pet Hospital and RE/MAX, among others.

Students from Summit's elementary, middle and high schools attended the event.

Lily Belle, a freshman in the school's leadership class who helped organize the event, said

she thought the career fair "went really well," adding that her favorite part was meeting all

of the people in attendance.

Kelly Cawne, a developer relations engineer at Intel, said the career fair was an important opportunity to connect with young people.

"Growing up, I had no idea what I wanted to do. The job I have now, I had no idea that it existed," said Cawne, who works with video game studios to optimize their products.

Kim Cairns, who teaches the leadership class, said the career fair is a valuable opportunity for students.

"Seeing they can do that job (is important)," she said. "(It's great) seeing all of the opportunities out there. There's such a variety, and you don't have to limit yourself."

Many of Summit Learning Charter's educational components are online, and students come to the school in Eagle Creek for enrichment activities, tutoring and events like the career fair.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Kelly Cawne chats with a student at Summit Learning Charter about her job at Intel during the school's annual career fair last week.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Members of the Summit Learning Charter community are engaged at the Banfield Pet Hospital booth.

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