Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2007

Grace Foulk, Goodfellow Monitor guest reporter (at center), interviews Maj. Stephen Cristofori, 17th Comptroller Squadron commander, about being a volunteer mentor during this year’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day, while Mayra Del Riva, a freshman from Lakeview High School and participant in the program, listens in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Grace Foulk, Goodfellow Monitor guest reporter (at center), interviews Maj. Stephen Cristofori, 17th Comptroller Squadron commander, about being a volunteer mentor during this year’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day, while Mayra Del Riva, a freshman from Lakeview High School and participant in the program, listens in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Ashlee Knopp, a freshman from Lakeview High School, writes a “Thank you” note to her job mentor during lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Ashlee Knopp, a freshman from Lakeview High School, writes a “Thank you” note to her job mentor during lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Staff Sgt. Alisha Armendariz, 17th Medical Operations Squadron, spends her lunch time with 15-year-old Ashley Hernandez, a Lakeview High School freshman, who shadowed Sgt. Hernandez to learn more about pediatrics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Staff Sgt. Alisha Armendariz, 17th Medical Operations Squadron, spends her lunch time with 15-year-old Ashley Hernandez, a Lakeview High School freshman, who shadowed Sgt. Hernandez to learn more about pediatrics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Members of the 17th Training Wing legal office pose for a group photo with three students participating in Groundhog Job Shadow Day. The legal office had the students act as jurors during a mock trial, also known as a court martial. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Members of the 17th Training Wing legal office pose for a group photo with three students participating in Groundhog Job Shadow Day. The legal office had the students act as jurors during a mock trial, also known as a court martial. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Capt. Keira Poellet, an attorney with the 17th Training Wing legal office (center), provides guidance to high school students taking part in this year’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Capt. Poellet helped students analyze evidence presented to them as jurors during a mock military trial Feb. 2 at the base court room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Capt. Keira Poellet, an attorney with the 17th Training Wing legal office (center), provides guidance to high school students taking part in this year’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Capt. Poellet helped students analyze evidence presented to them as jurors during a mock military trial Feb. 2 at the base court room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis Loza Gutierrez)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Thirty-four freshmen students from Central and Lakeview High Schools arrived at Goodfellow Feb. 2 to take part in the Right Choices for Youth Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

Groundhog Job Shadow Day is an event that allows the students to understand more about a career field which they are interested in. This year's program was the fourth year Goodfellow has been asked to host the event.

The program is intended to help young people explore firsthand the skills and education needed to succeed in today's and future job market, said Cheri Dedrick, the base point of contact for Groundhog Job Shadow Day. It is also designed to encourage the development of relationships between students and caring adults, Mrs. Dedrick added.
The students shadowed mentors from a variety of different career fields: finance, medical, legal, photography, security forces, fire fighting, the Army and Marine detachments and even the command chief master sergeant were just some of the careers that the students got an inside look at.

The program was locally sponsored by Shannon Health and Wellness, which partnered up with Shannon Right Choices for Youth and the Concho Valley Partnership.

"I've really enjoyed taking part in the job shadow day," said Mayra Del Riva, a ninth-grade student at Lakeview High School. "I received a lot of good information and would definitely recommend this program to other students," she continued.

"I think this is a great way for those of us in the military to contribute back to the youth of our communities," said Maj. Stephen Cristofori, 17th Comptroller Squadron commander, who was one of this year's volunteer mentors. "Today's event also provides us the opportunity to dispel any rumors or beliefs that the Air Force is all about jets and fighting wars," Maj. Cristofori added. "It's an opportunity to show people that there are hundreds of great career fields in the military."