Inaugural FIS career day draws variety

Capt. J.P. Davanzo, an airline pilot from Farragut who flies an AirBus 320 (178 passengers maximum) with Spirit Airlines out of McGhee Tyson Airport, speaks to 21 fifth-grade students during the 9:20 to 9:50 a.m. FIS Career Day session. Lots of fifth-grade students at Farragut Intermediate School were chomping at the bit, according to their counselor, to hear about 20 different professions from the professionals themselves.

Inaugural FIS Career Day, Thu-rsday, Dec. 18, brought an attorney, cardiac nurse, U.S. Army veteran, politician, veterinarian, Med-Evac flight nurse, airline pilot and interpreter coordinator to name a few.

The most popular, however, were “the FBI [agent, Ed Velasco], it was really big. And the artist [Meggie Velasco]. And there was a lot of people [signed up] for the writer [Laura Ayo],” Carol Slatas, fifth-grade school counselor and event organizer, said. “The students were excited.”

Choosing their top 22 professions in November (two weren’t offered Dec. 20), fifth-grade students were allowed to sign up and attend their three favorite professions, where that professional spoke then answered questions for about 30 minutes. Students then took five minutes to reach the next classroom for their next speaker.

Twenty-two fifth-grade students rotated into the 9:55 to 10:25 a.m. session to hear retired FBI Special Agent Ed Velasco, with 30 years service, who has a grandson in the third grade at FIS.
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