News 2/11/10

Interviews a success

By Angelina Folchi
Features Reporter

  The annual mock job interviews for LHS seniors took place Feb. 4 in the gym. It’s a tradition for them to dress up and participate in the interviews every year.
  Amy Filippini, LHS career technician, invited many local employers to LHS to conduct interviews with the seniors. These people were Barbara Weaver, Sierra County Office of Education workability coordinator; Scott Coates, Les Schwab Tire; Blaine Donnelly, Sierra County Office of Education computer network administrator; Pam Pasquetti, Round Up Cafe; Charlene Kreeger, Sierra Nevada Children’s Services; Jane Roberti, rancher; Karen Rickman, First 5 Sierra business manager; Mike Filippini, First 5 Sierra executive director; Hon. John Kennelly, Sierra County Superior Court judge; Kara Yegge, Mental Health Services Act coordinator; Samantha Redman, Plumas Bank teller; Chuck Ervin, retired realtor and lawyer; Chet Mitchell, retired logger; Lisa Jaquez, public heath educator; John Wickstrom, U.S. Forest Service; Jeremy Jones, U.S. Forest Service; Michelle Anderson, Sierra County Sheriff secretary; Laura Marshall, Sierra County assistant assessor; Chuck Henson, Sierra County probation officer; Hannah Tomatis, Sierra County Office of Education; Corby Gardner, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative; Sean Conry, chef, Longboard’s.
  To prepare for the interview, seniors were given a list of questions that could have been asked and were advised to be ready to answer all of them. Amy Filippini also came into the seniors’ English classes to give a quick overview of how the interviews would be run.
  The interviewers were requested to administer the meeting as they normally would if they were hiring, then they filled out an evaluation form provided by Filippini.
  Most seniors were happy with the way the mock interviews went and said they were relaxed and at ease, as long as they had looked over the sample questions ahead of time.
  Kendra Deal said with relief, “The interviewers aren’t as intimidating as I expected.”
  Bradley Truhett noted, “It’ll help me for when I go to a real job interview.” He added that he learned that it’s critical to make eye contact and to not fidget with his hands.
  Corby Gardner from PSREC said she believes that learning to interview well is important for high school seniors because it’s a great life skill. She added that practice can help students accomplish a lot and get a good job.
  When local rancher Jane Roberti hires, she said she looks for an employee who is “responsible, dependable, and able to listen and follow directions.”

Donkeys set to appear at fundraiser

By Sarah Hlavaty
Features Editor

  Donkey basketball is making a fun-filled appearance at Loyalton High School Feb. 27. The name explains the game—students, faculty and community members alike will be competing against each other in basketball games while riding live donkeys.
  Track coach and teacher Susan Gressel is responsible for bringing the lively event to LHS two weeks from now and is very excited about it.
  A few years ago Gressel had the chance to participate in donkey basketball and said she enjoyed every minute of the game.
  “It was so funny seeing all the teachers riding donkeys,” she said. “We all had a blast!”
  Gressel had been trying to revive the donkey game spirit for a while without success, but after hearing about Herlong’s welcoming the sport last year, she spoke to several coaches at the high school and contacted the man in charge of the donkeys. Gressel said all the participating animals will be insured and very safe.
  There will be four games on Feb. 27, including JV girls vs. JV boys, varsity girls vs. faculty and friends, varsity boys vs. coaches, and a championship game between the two top teams. Each player will need to stay on his or her own donkey to pass the ball to others and make shots, but will be allowed to get off a donkey to capture a run-away ball or move the donkey. Players will wear helmets and possibly matching t-shirts, and donkeys will wear padding on their hooves and soft saddles. A few community members who will be participating in the donkey games are Mike DeBerg, Erin Folchi and Julie Lane. Rick Roberti will be the announcer for the entertaining night, and the concessions stand will be open for all.
  There will also be a three-point contest after the first four games, in which the winner will receive “half the pot,” or half of all donated money.
  The event also serves as a track and field fundraiser, so tickets can be bought from any track team member: $8 for adults, $6 for students, $4 for children, and kids five and under, free.
  Fans and students should buy tickets now for this exciting night, because the ticket price goes up a dollar at the door.

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