The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

February 17, 2010

Local leaders share their expertise during luncheon programs at GRA

AUSTINBURG — A leader is someone who guides others toward a common goal and helps those around him make positive choices. A leader makes good decisions, is organized, focused, decisive and confident. People look up to and follow leaders; they are passionate about what they do and willing to share information.

Over the past two years, Grand River Academy has had luncheons on campus with prominent figures in the regional community. These luncheons consist of the local leaders expounding on information about their fields and careers. They describe how they got to the place where they are, the obstacles they had to overcome, and even what they would do differently.

These luncheons are held at The Bud Field Student Center once every few months. This program, which is known as “Lunch with a Leader,” allows senior Grand River Academy students to learn what the interview process is like, how to form a résumé, what to say at an interview. Future programs will talk about the value of budgeting and banking as well as the value of community service and entrepreneurship.

Most recently, Grand River Academy had the pleasure of having Kevin Miller, chief executive officer of the Ashtabula County Medical Center, speak at one of the luncheons. Twenty seniors along with some staff members had lunch and listened to Mr. Miller share some of his thoughts on how to make the best impression in a job interview. Mr. Miller advised students on how to conduct oneself at an interview as well as what to expect. He passed out an informative packet that dealt with the interview process to all of the students. Mr. Miller gave really valuable advice to the students, and he stressed how important community service and internships are on a résumé.

GRA seniors also had the pleasure of meeting George Milbourn, who owned COE Manufacturing in Painesville. He is the chairman of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Mr. Milbourn talked to seniors about finding their strengths.

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