Annual Career Fair Held at PHS

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sgt. Ryan G. McCracken, with the U.S. Army recruiting office in Jonesboro, speaks to PHS students during the career fair. McCracken was one of nearly two dozen presenters who took part in the annual event. A former state wrestling champion in his native North Carolina, McCracken told the students of his opportunity to train with MMA fighters from the IFC as part of an Army program for elite athletes.

Students at Piggott High School took part in the annual career day Friday, March 21 with a full schedule of activities, demonstrations and competitions. The entire student body participated in career day, which began with the "Mohawks Got Talent" contest and ended with the awarding of the "spirit stick" to the class compiling the most points during the course of the day.

With a packed house of appreciative students as an audience, the talent contest kicked-off the day's schedule Friday morning in the PHS gym. Taking top honors, based on his amazing display of body contortion, was Franklin Morlan, with talented singer Megan Johnson finishing a close second.

Taking advantage of the fact he is double-jointed, Morlan amazed the students and faculty on hand by exhibiting several feats of flexibility and contortionism. Afterward, in being named winner he commented the process was quite painful at times, but noted the enthusiasm of the crowd pushed him to his limits.

Following the talent show the students broke-up into groups and began to visit the nearly two dozen locations scattered throughout the campus. Among this year's offerings were presenters with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, who had one of their mobile aquariums set up in front of the gym. Displays and presentations were also offered by Jerri Tate and the PHS Art Department, the Arkansas Department of Health on their Distracted Driver program; University of Arkansas Center for the Medical Sciences; Piggott Community Hospital X-ray Department; Piggott High School FBLA Chapter; Piggott High School FFA Chapter; Piggott Community Hospital Lab and Respiratory Therapy Departments; Clay County Clerk Pat Poole's staff for voter registration information; U.S. Army; Clay County Farm Bureau; Piggott State Bank, Arkansas Department of Health STD Education program; Piggott Community Hospital Trauma Unit; Tonya Coomer with Shelter Insurance and Sam Williams with the Piggott Police Department on the dangers of impaired driving.

During the morning hours the various groups visited each of the presenters, with approximately 20 minutes set aside for each location. After lunch the students and faculty gathered in the gym for a variety of athletic competitions, followed by the awarding of the spirit stick--which this year went to the senior class.

Organizers offered their thanks to all those who participated, with special thanks to Piggott Community Hospital, Piggott State Bank, Shelter Insurance, Farm Bureau, Clay County Clerk Pat Poole, the Clay County Health Unit and Sam Williams of the Piggott PD.

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