Competition Open to All Horizon Charter Schools and Lincoln Montessori Students
February is Career Awareness Month at Horizon. As part of our month-long celebration, Horizon’s Guidance Department wants students to begin thinking about who they want to be as they get older. To get the ball rolling, our guidance counselors are hosting the third annual Career Contest. The competition is open to all Horizon Charter Schools and Lincoln Montessori students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Students may enter either a video or an essay. The submission should include any information they find interesting about the career field, why they chose this career path, what level of education is needed, and what other steps they need to take to achieve their goal.
Deadline for entry is noon on February 29, 2020.
Entering Horizon’s Career Contest
- Describe your ideal career in a video or written essay.
- Videos must be a minimum of 1 minute but no longer than 5 minutes in length. Essays must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,000 words.
- Videos need to be created in a standard video format (like mp4 or MOV) and uploaded to YouTube. Essays can be in any standard text format (e.g., Word, txt, rft, etc.).
- Email submissions to Horizon’s Guidance Department at email@example.com. Include your name, grade and supervising teacher’s (ST) name. For videos, please send a link to the YouTube video (please do not attach the video). Written essays can be attached to the email or copied into the email body.
- The deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 29, 2020 at noon. Winners will be announced in March.
- Complete contest rules can be found here.
First, Second and Third Place Winners Receive Gift Cards
The Horizon Charter Schools Education Foundation is offering their support to students entering the contest by providing gift cards for the top three entries. The first place winner receives a $50 gift card, and second and third place winners each receive a $25 gift card. The top three submissions will also be featured on the school’s website and highlighted on Horizon’s social media.
Getting Started with Your Contest Entry
Often students have great ideas, but they have a hard time expressing them. If that’s the case, consider these prompts:
- What attracts or interests you about this particular line of work?
- What do you envision yourself doing in this position?
- What level of education is required to obtain an entry-level position in this field?
- What steps can you take to prepare for this career path?
View Winning Entries from Past Career Contests
Still not sure how to begin? Below are the winning entries from our last two Career Contests to use for inspiration. For all 2019 entries, visit our Career Contest Winners post; for 2018 entries, visit our February 2019 Career Contest post.
2019 First Place Essay
Joy is a high school student at Horizon Charter Schools. Her essay details why she recently decided to change her career.
Change of Plans
I’d always dreamed about becoming the first woman president of the United States, but that was until I broke my hand. Here I was, the first-woman-president-of-the-US-that-wasn’t in the ER room with a broken hand. I’d never realized how busy a hospital was until I had to sit there for several hours. There were CNAs pushing wheelchairs between IV machines, RNs in blue scrubs taking vitals, and x-ray techs squeezing in between anxious patients, beds, and chairs with their machines. And then the hum of the hospital room was interrupted by the entrance of a magical creature: the doctor. As he entered the room in his shining white lab coat and stethoscope, he seemed to know instantly what was wrong with my hand, and as he examined my broken metacarpals, a stream of Latin poured out of his mouth which his assistant madly scribbled down. Instantly, he knew how to fix my broken bones, giving orders to the nurses. As he exited the room, he was still giving my mom instructions on how to take care of my hand which is in a big blue cast. “Wow,” I thought, “that sure beats sitting in the Oval Office all day!”
I want to become a doctor because I want to have knowledge in my brain, healing in my hands, and love in my heart. I want to understand all the processes that happen in the human body. I want to know why when a person stops breathing, his heart keeps blood pumping through his body. I want to know why taking Tylenol will not have the same effect on the body as narcotics will. I want to know why when the baby is in the womb, he already has distinct features and characteristics. I want to walk around with my brain popping with facts and knowledge. I want to know how to fix people. I want to approach a person who is hurting and take away his pain. I want to leave a difference in the lives of thousands. I want to go places where there are no doctors and help the people who otherwise won’t be able to receive medical attention. I want my hands to leave an imprint on this world and on the hearts of its people.
To become a doctor, I need to go through a lot of steps. First, I need to satisfy my prerequisites by either taking college classes or Advanced Placement tests. It is then necessary that I earn my bachelor’s degree in biology which I would like to do at Sacramento State University. Next, I would have to take the MCAT, or Medical College Admission Test, which is required for entry into medical school. Then, I need to write my medical school application and submit it to the medical school of my choice, which would be Harvard. It will take another four years on average to complete all required coursework; I’ll have to specify a specialty in my final year of med school, but I’m not sure what I want to specialize in exactly just yet. I’d also have to complete a residency program and, finally, become board certified in my area of specialization. Obviously, I’d have to find a job position for myself and constantly continue my medical education, but otherwise, I’ll be set to help people. Right now, I’m taking steps towards becoming a doctor by preparing for AP exams, which will help me satisfy my prerequisites, and by volunteering at a hospital to understand better how a hospital functions.
Doctors have many responsibilities. As a doctor, I will have to undertake patient consultations and physical examinations, organize workloads, and perform surgical procedures. I’d also have to provide general pre- and post-operative care, monitor and administer medication, and assess and plan treatment requirements. Of course, the most boring part of the doctor’s job, writing reports and maintaining records, also has to be done. But the most important thing I would like to do is give each patient specialized and individual care.
I want to become a doctor to take care of people and it’ll be a long way to get there, but it’ll be all worth it the moment I correctly diagnose my first patient and create a treatment plan that will help them. Becoming a doctor is my greatest dream and someday, it’ll be something greater than a dream: a reality.
2018 First Place Video
Sara is an elementary student at Lincoln Montessori, a program of Horizon Charter Schools. Her video entry explains why she wants to be a chef.
Contact Horizon’s Guidance Counselor for More Information
Students are encouraged to contact Gabe Robert, one of Horizon Charter Schools’ guidance counselors, with any questions. You can reach him at 916-408-5200 ×5133 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For college and career information, email Horizon’s Guidance Department at email@example.com or call 916-408-5200. Additional college and career information and resources can be found at www.californiacolleges.edu.
Horizon’s Annual College and Career Fair Provides Options for Students After High School
To round out Career Awaremess Month, make plans to attend Horizon’s College and Career Fair on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 1:30 – 4:30pm at the Rocklin Event, 2650 Sunset Boulevard in Rocklin, California.
The event is open to all Sacramento-area students and includes representatives from 4-year universities, community colleges, private schools, trade schools, military and businesses, plus presentations for students planning to attend college or follow a career path after graduation. Plus, Horizon’s guidance counselors will be available to answer questions, provide college and career recommendations, and Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways information. And our California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) members will have a table to answer questions about those programs.
Students pursuing a CTE Pathway can count this as a required Aligned Participation Activity, and Horizon students have an opportunity to earn extra credit for attending.
The event also includes 10 college and career paths presentations. Seminars take place throughout the event and are presented by a variety of experts in their fields. Each presentation is free, open to all attendees, and lasts approximately 30 minutes.
For more information, including a schedule of presentations and an up-to-date list of attendees, please visit our 2020 College and Career Fair post.
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