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Chappaqua Students Get the Scoop at Career Day

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. ? DJs, air traffic controllers and other professionals made their best sales pitches to eighth-grade Chappaqua students Friday during the district's annual career day.

Despite the wide variety of careers covered at the event, the message throughout the presentations was consistent: Pick a career you love. Steve Abraham, a JFK air traffic controller, told the students how he switched careers after six years as a bond trader.

“At 28 years old, I said, ‘This is not for me,’ ” he said. “It doesn’t’ matter how much money you make, pick something you like to do.”

The keynote speaker was Joel Seligman, president and CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital. He discussed the many careers available at hospitals, and was accompanied by registered dietitian Mary Gocke and David Natoli, a radiologic technologist, who shared insights about their professions.

There were 40 panelists at the event, most of them Chappaqua residents. They represented the six career clusters the students have been studying as part of their Consumer and Life Science curriculum.

“I pretty much get to do exactly what I want to do all of the time,” said music producer Sam Zornow, who also goes by DJ Shiftee. The 24-year-old studied math at Harvard, but said he knew he wanted to DJ since he was 14.

Throughout the day, students moved through four sessions at Chappaqua's Seven Bridges Middle School, hearing from eight speakers representing the six career clusters the students studied: Business & Information Systems, Natural & Agricultural Sciences, Human & Public Services, Engineering & Technology, Arts & Humanities and Health Services.

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