Job Olympics Team Takes First Place

Ankit Kadakia and Sarah Hirsch

The BVNW Job Olympics team took first place Wednesday in the 2014 Job Olympics. The event required students to perform life skills that will help them get jobs in the future, according to FOCUS teacher Michele Boeding. Boeding said she has seen a great deal of personal growth in the students as they prepared for the event over the past six weeks.

“Just when they would come in the room and know that they did a great job and did well, you could see it in their face and in their body language,” Boeding said. “The smile you can see when they receive their medals…it makes all their hard work worth it.┬áIt just warms your heart when you know that they’ve practiced really hard and gained something.”

Freshman Jackson Forbes placed in four events, taking home one bronze, two silver, and one gold medal. He competed in everything from conducting a job interview to applying career skills such as sorting change.

“My favorite part is making change so when you go work at stores you can be a [cashier] and tell people how much [products] cost and you can give them the change and say ‘Thank you sir, please come again,'” Forbes said.