Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Taking care of business

  • Want to know what kids got to experience during the business fair? Find out here.
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  • What do you want to be when you grow up seems to be a common question for children and teens. And although parents and educators generally tell children to pursue their dreams, the purpose of Friday's 8th grade business fair was to hopefully have children find their dream job within Macon.
    Approximately 20 businesses set up booths around the Macon High School gymnasium Friday to show students what Macon has to offer.
    "The fair is to celebrate making it through the last eight years and to see the other business opportunities around Macon," said Economic Development Director Denise Bennett. "It's to encourage them to look at what's here and start thinking about their career choices."
    Students first watched a video of "Motivational Ninja" by Josh Shipp who is the host of TV show Jump Shipp and is also the author of "The Teen's Guide to World Domination." They were then awarded with stuffed graduation dogs that classmates could sign, got to explore the booths and enjoy a presentation made by First Baptist Church Minister Christian Abernatha.
    "If you are going to achieve, you have to set high expectations," said Abernatha. "Because we [society] have told you that you cant do anything, but I believe you can make a difference."
    Lastly Bennett announced essay contest winners that students could choose whether or not to participate in. First place winner, Shana Oliver won a laptop and Faith Reid won $100.
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