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Students dabble in possible futures

Professionals from various industries present to teenagers at local high school for career day

Posted: October 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Ken Nolls, right, examines the bloody wound makeup he applied to Bowman High School student James Howery, 17, at Bowman High School in Santa Clarita on Friday.

Wearing fake blood, synthetic gashes and a silicone glass shard, Bowman High School students spoke of grand plans and future careers during a stage makeup presentation at the 16th annual campus Career Day on Friday.

The full day of local speakers featured professionals and college representatives, arming students with occupational guidance and a diverse arsenal of networking opportunities.

The stage makeup, military and fire department presentations filled entire classrooms, but students also learned from Farmers insurance agents, a music producer and a Charter College representative.

Ken Nolls, a studio makeup artist from Make-up Designory in Burbank, painted faces, and one student conjured a scenario to match the fake road scratches on her face.

“I was riding a bike and I thought he was cute, so I ran into a bush,” high school senior Katrice Smith, 17, said as she pointed to a classmate with silicone glass protruding from his cheek.

The aspiring special effects artist appreciated the tips on use of color to imitate bruising and redness.

“I’m planning to apply to MUD,” Smith said with a sure smile.

All 400 students present got the opportunity to speak with working professionals and explore a plethora of available options without leaving town.

“I learned that (stage makeup) is a very long, tedious process just for a day’s work,” said high school senior James Howery, 17, who wants to direct movies. “After meeting professionals, you really get a sense of what the business is like and the realities of it.”

Bowman graduate Caitlin Morris returned as a speaker for the College of the Canyons Teach Now program to help aspiring teachers find their paths.

“(Career Day) was an instant trigger,” Morris said. “It helped because it really gives you a perspective on what’s available.”

“We have a lot of kids who want to come back and work with at-risk kids,” Morris said. “I was working with them and finding ways for them to give back.”

Mike Nugent, Bowman’s work experience coordinator, tries to choose speakers that connect with Bowman students.

“Most of my speakers understand the big picture. I can say it every day of the week: You got to do something after high school,” Nugent said. “You get somebody new and different here, and they get it.”


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