Editor's note: Payson High School sophomore Amantha Scott participated in PHS' Job Shadow Program by shadowing Roundup editor Katy Whitehouse and publisher Richard Haddad, shooting pictures and writing the following story about the Job Shadow Program.
Payson High School students participated in a job shadowing program Friday that allowed them to shadow local tradesmen and professionals to learn first-hand how their jobs are done.
The students chose where they would go and who they would shadow based on their career interests. The program provides students with valuable learning experiences because they not only get to watch people at work, they get a chance to try the jobs out themselves.
Radio listeners who were tuned into KMOG for the "Trades and Sales" program Friday got the chance to hear three of Payson High's job shadowers live and uncut. Senior Branden Peters and sophomores Vanessa McGlothin and Terri Pete gave talk show host Tina Myers a helping hand at the microphone.
I hitched a ride with the "shadows" at lunch. Before we left, Myers told us to be back in time to go on the air. We were unfashionably late by 10 minutes, and Myers told us that if we were really on the job, we would have been fired. The students learned such lessons throughout the day. When we got into the broadcasting room, the students noticed three pieces of paper on the table with their names on them. When Myers explained that the three students would be reading the copy to the listeners at home, the job shadowers got nervous. They quickly began scanning their papers to practice their "on-air experience." Pete asked me twice how to pronounce a word that was written on her paper. Seconds before they went on air, McGlothin exclaimed, "Oh, we are doing this live on air?" The thought had just registered.
After Peters read his part, Myers asked him, "Is this your first time?"
His reply was simply, "No."
"Branden seemed to have the most interest in (a radio) career," Myers said after the show.
McGlothlin, who was visibly nervous, read her part next. After reading her scripted lines, she sighed with relief and relaxed in her chair. Pete seemed the most nervous; she was unable to stay still before going on the air. After the other two students had finished their parts, Pete nervously scanned every face in the room, then sat up in her seat and got closer to the microphone.
Myers later said that the girls were "more into curiosity about the career.
"Whenever there are job shadowers here, I always get an opportunity to see my job from a different perspective," Myers said after the students left the radio studio.
She said she supports the Job Shadow Program and she had a lot of fun teaching the students about her career.
Payson High School officials plan to offer the Job Shadow Program for years to come to provide students with more opportunities to explore their career interests.