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Alumni Return To Briarcliff High School To Share Wisdom

Thirteen Briarcliff High School alumni now pursuing careers in fields such as marketing, engineering and real estate recently returned to the halls of their former school for the second Alumni Career Experience Day.
Thirteen Briarcliff High School alumni now pursuing careers in fields such as marketing, engineering and real estate recently returned to the halls of their former school for the second Alumni Career Experience Day. Photo Credit: File Photo

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. – Thirteen Briarcliff High School alumni now pursuing careers in fields such as marketing, engineering and real estate recently returned to the halls of their former school for the second Alumni Career Experience day.

This year, the workshop for seniors focused on how the graduates’ roles are affecting the world.

“If you don’t know about my job, I am doing a good job,” said Abby Jablanksky, whose engineering skills help her complete her tasks with ExxonMobil. “I really see the work I am doing impacting the world around me.”

Panelists also discussed how their experiences at BHS affected them later in life.

“I did pep band and student government, which were very collaborative and team-oriented,” said Frank Romano, who is now employed by Google. “You had to lead and influence your peers without any authority, which I think is a really undervalued skill in today’s society.”

Sam Wallis, now a school administrator, said he was able to shadow BHS Principal Debora French as he learned about education.

After the panel, students broke into groups with the alumni to discuss their post-high school plans and ask questions.

Many alumni agreed that students should not hesitate to ask for guidance in high school, in college and in their future careers.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help,” said Sara Horsey, a civil engineer on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. “Find a support network.”

BHS senior Ryan Smedley said he valued the event.

“I thought it was helpful to see how everyone got to where they are today,” Smedley said. “I learned what I think I want to do now might not be what I actually end up doing – that is comforting.”

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