Monday, November 23, 2015

Links Organization Sponsors STEM Career Forum at East Forsyth Middle School

On Nov. 18, the Services to Youth Facet of the Links, Inc. sponsored a Career Forum at East Forsyth Middle School.

The forum focused on possible careers related to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. Panelists were: Beverly Graham, a registered pharmacist and the owner of Medicap  Pharmacy on Liberty Street.; James Davis, an engineer who is a senior area manager at Reynolds Tobacco Co.; and Melvin Fenner, an information technologist professional at Winston-Salem State University.

“Each panelist stressed to the 40 to 50 eighth-graders the significance of taking STEM courses in high school and performing to their ultimate level,” said Constance Johnson, a member of the Links. “They were informed that academic achievement is a means of acquiring scholarships. Doing community services while in high school also was stressed. Possible careers in pharmacy, engineering, and technology as well as the financial benefits were discussed.”

To pique the students' interest and attention, they were informed that monetary rewards of $20 would be given to the six students who wrote the best papers regarding what they learned from the forum.  Students' language arts teachers will evaluate the papers. 

The rewards were provided by Dossie Poteat, the principal of East Forsyth Middle, and Vic Johnson, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education.

Patricia Hickman is the chair of Services to Youth Facet.

Links members and Connecting Links (husbands of members) present included LaVerne Gaither and Clark Gaither, Constance Johnson and Vic Johnson, Davida Martin, and Mable Stevenson.     

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