Having a dream career pays off

Cornell senior Nathan Parkhurst earned honorable mention for a statewide Dream Career essay contest in Teaching Today. Parkhurst wrote about his dream to become a chemist, and was the only one chosen from the English 12 class in Cornell. (Submitted Photo)

For the second year in a row, Cornell’s English 12 class was instructed to write an essay and submit it to Teaching Today’s magazine for a chance to win monetary prizes and be published. Last year, two students (Lexi Moussette and Mitchell Thompson) from the district were recognized, but this time around, one student – senior Nathan Parkhurst – was honored for his dream career essay about becoming a chemist.

“I did not know I wanted to be a chemist until half way through last school year,” said Parkhurst, “when I learned that I excel at and enjoy chemistry.”

In the fall 2016 issue, Teaching Today asked students around the state to submit essay entries of 400-500 words describing their dream career. Cornell English instructor Caroline Hickethier says her students wrote dream career essays while in English 11, as part of their scholarship/graduation portfolio, and used those for this competition.

See Thursday, March 16, 2017, issue of the Courier Sentinel for more on this story. Newspapers can be purchased at our Cadott office or Cornell office.

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