MV students shed light on being student workers

Many MV students balance work on top of an already busy schedule


Jacqueline Wilson, Managing Editor

Aside from academics, organizations, and athletics, many MV students are also active members of the work force. 

Students are employed by a vast range of organizations, ranging from fast food restaurants to retail stores.

“I work at the Rec Center in Centralia,” shared Faith Barrett, ‘24.

Having a job while in high school can be stressful. Students must learn how to manage and prioritize their lives to maintain productivity and success.

“It can definitely be difficult, but it has to be done so I do the best I can,” said Kaitlyn Blachly, ‘23.

Most students had a common answer when it came to the motive behind their jobs: money.

“Working can be hard, but at the end of the week my paycheck makes the shifts seem much better,” shared Kadence Chamness, ‘23.

Students can learn valuable life lessons while on the job.

“I have learned the importance of staying organized. You have to be on time and prepared for work every time you go in, which is a big responsibility,” shared Barrett.

“I work at Walmart, which is notorious for its specific clientele. I have definitely learned how to deal with difficult customers while maintaining my professionalism. I think this will benefit me in my adult life since I will have experience,” remarked Carter Shook, ‘23.

Many students do not work throughout the school year, but work summer jobs.

“I am a lifeguard at the Aquatic Zoo in the summer,” shared Alicia Benson, ‘23. “I work hard to save and budget my earnings so I have  money throughout the school year, but I dont have the stress of balancing school and a job,” she added.

MV provides special opportunities to students looking for a job via the co-op program. This program allows seniors to leave school early to pursue their job. Some students even have the opportunity to work right here on campus.

 Positions in the athletic office, maintenance department, the attendance office, and more are offered to students. 

The co-op program also serves as a dual credit class through RLC where students learn vital workplace skills such as how to conduct themselves during a job interview and the characteristics companies are looking for in an employee. 

It is so important for any student who wants to work to make a commitment to their employer and to the work they do,” shared Mr. John Kabat, head of co-op program.

Members of the class enjoy their work.

Senior Colin Tisdale works in the CTE office. 

“I love working at the school. I get paid, but I also still get to enjoy student events such as spirit days and pep rallies. The convenience of staying at school is also a major perk. I get to go home at the same time as everyone else and get holidays off.”

“I would definitely recommend this program to anyone considering it,” Tisdale shared. 

If you are an underclassman interested in the co-op program, it is encouraged to reach out to seniors currently enrolled in the program and talk to your class counselor for more information regarding whether or not the class is a good fit for you.