As the event was winding down and students were preparing to leave, many students shared their impressions of the event and what valuable lessons they learned.
Mackenzie Plant, a junior at PSHS said she learned that it is ok if you don’t know what you want to do for your future right now, that there is time to figure it out.
Adam Pakniat, a sophomore at PNHS also said he learned that he doesn’t have to have it all figured out right now, but that he should use his free time to volunteer and take advantage of every opportunity, because you never know what ideas for the future might present themselves.
Ciara Fasullo, a junior at PSHS, said that initially, she wasn’t sure whether she wanted to attend, but she was glad she took advantage of the event having learned how important taking every opportunity is because you might not know what it leads to.
Collin Chamberlain, a sophomore at PNHS said that valuable advice he received was to take opportunities to meet new people, network and learn from them.
Leo Shore, a junior from PSHS, asked the community leaders he met about how to manage workload and not get too overwhelmed, admitting that he often struggles with balancing it all. He said that each of the adults had valuable advice to share on juggling the many responsibilities we all have in life and work. He also felt the experience to be very educational.
Luke Arnold, also a junior from PSHS asked mentors how they got to their positions of leadership and what advice they have for students pursuing leadership. Luke got some business cards and a potential media job which he will pursue.
Similarly, Max Martucelli, a public defender with a private practice, said it was a pleasure to talk with students and explain about his interaction with the criminal justice system. The students were all ears. Michelle Badger, school committee member, said she loved the program that allowed face to face interaction. She planned to recruit some students for the School Diversity Committee. William Keohan, a Plymouth graduate himself, said it was a huge eye opener as to where students are in their lives.” It’s a whole new world with technology in the schools”, he commented.
Kathy LaNatra, State Representative for Plymouth said” I love my young constituents, I learned as much from them as they did from me”.