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her class or her brothers. “It’s all about respect,” DeLuca stated. “If I go to a call and I’m nice to people, I get a nice attitude back. If it’s a scary call, I can calm everyone down by the way I behave.”

Dr. Tiffany Wagner, of South Mountain Veterinary Hospital, related that the best part of her job is getting to hug and kiss dogs and cats every day. “It’s like having hundreds of pets without having to clean up after them all,” she said. “But, if you want to work with animals, you have to get good grades in math and science.”

Dr. Wagner probably received the most questions from students, as she threw a piece of candy to each one who asked her something. Still, the students were genuinely interested in her answers, and inquired about everything from surgery on cats and dogs, specialty veterinary medicine, and the specifics of earning a degree in the profession. Dr. Wagner also responded to several questions like, “What’s your favorite animal? What’s the cutest animal you’ve treated?” She replied, “I find a new cutest one every day and I don’t have a favorite. They’re all sweet and loveable and, if I can hug and kiss them all, it’s a fantastic day.”

Dr. Erin Savner, a pharmacist at Caremark, a CVS mail-order company, asked the sixth graders what they think she does and she received some intelligent answers –prepare medicine, provide prescriptions, and research and development. In her field, Dr. Savner explained, being good at math and science is extremely important. Not knowing what career path she’d take until college, it was her talent at those subjects and her future husband’s suggestion that she look into pharmacy that led her to this path.

As the other speakers were bombarded with questions, so was Dr. Savner, and this time the students wanted to know what goes on behind the local pharmacy counter. “How do you acquire, process, and preserve ingredients for medication?” asked Sean Rodgers. Dr. Savner replied that the supplies come from drug manufacturers, they are labeled as to the preservation requirements, and they are processed based on their content, with the occasional laboratory compounding.

Tom Clark didn’t really need to introduce himself, as everyone recognized him as the longtime television meteorologist from WNEP. He began by asking the students if they were ready for snow –most said no –and then told them he wished for them at least 10 snow days off of school, to which he got a mix of cheers and boos.

Using a slideshow to explain what meteorology is, Clark related that people love to discuss the weather and so being a meteorologist is an interesting job. As a boy, Clark’s hobby was measuring and predicting the weather and he knew by sixth grade that he wanted to be a meteorologist. Being a TV weather forecaster is even more exciting, he said, as “there’s glamour and show business to it. When you’re on TV, you’re a celebrity. People want your autograph and that’s neat.”

Joking that discussing his job was difficult after following a TV personality, real estate broker David Wychock actually had no trouble keeping the students interested in his line of work. They were all too curious about how houses are shown and sold, and how much commission a realtor makes from each sale.

“My job is different every single day I walk through the door. If you like the unpredictability of life, real estate is a great thing,” Wychock said. “And, if you’re someone who has a lot of friends and if you enjoy meeting new people, real estate may be for you.”

As nearly every speaker told the group, Wychock also stated that both communication skills and mathematics are vital to the job. He went on to list other courses the sixth graders take, like social studies and art, and made a correlation between those fields and the realty business.

“Whatever job you go into, remember that your job isn’t your life,” Wychock concluded. “It shouldn’t be what defines you. It should help you provide for your life, but pay attention to the things that are most important to you, your family and friends.”