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Danbury Middle Schoolers Learn ABCs Of Careers: CSI To City Hall To Cooking

Students learn how to dust for fingerprints and even take their own fingerprints under the direction of Danbury police officer David Antedomenico during a March 22 career fair at Rogers Park Middle School.
Students learn how to dust for fingerprints and even take their own fingerprints under the direction of Danbury police officer David Antedomenico during a March 22 career fair at Rogers Park Middle School. Photo Credit: Danbury Public Schools
Chef Loran O’Connell of Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., talks about the science of cooking during a career fair March 22 at Rogers Park Middle School.
Chef Loran O’Connell of Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., talks about the science of cooking during a career fair March 22 at Rogers Park Middle School. Photo Credit: Danbury Public Schools
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton talks to students during a March 22 career fair at Rogers Park Middle School about the different branches of government, the function of Common Council, and taxes.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton talks to students during a March 22 career fair at Rogers Park Middle School about the different branches of government, the function of Common Council, and taxes. Photo Credit: Danbury Public Schools

DANBURY, Conn. -- It's never too early for kids to look at their career options. A whopping 50 choices were presented in a career fair March 22 at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury as the students attended presentations by professionals instead of classes.

The professionals who presented information included a police forensic investigator, a chef and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

Police officer David Antedomenico taught students how to dust for fingerprints own.

“I want to become a crime scene investigator,” said eighth-grader Justin Cordero. “I already know some stuff like this, but I want to learn even more.”

Chef Loran O’Connell of Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., talked about the science of cooking, telling students it was important to know about time, temperature and safety in the kitchen.

The talk sparked an interest in Haley Rigney. "I always wanted to learn to cook different meals," the seventh-grader said.

“The science has always been there,” Loran said in his presentation.

Charles Duff, a teacher at Rogers Park who also works as a boat captain, gave students an overview of the job.

“I didn’t know much about it,” said Muataz Abtan, a sixth-grader. “There are beautiful sights to see and nice people.”

Boughton covered the different branches of government, the function of Common Council, and taxes in his presentation.

“The Career Fair provide a great opportunity for our students to realize that their academic goals today will impact their future career goals,” said school counselor Tammy Riefberg.

She organized the fair with the two other school counselors.

"We couldn’t have done it without the support of all the teachers and fabulous presenters."

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