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150 students participate in Marble Falls Rotary career day

Granite Shoals Police Chief John Ortis and Marble Falls High School junior Isabella Cutler

Marble Falls High School Junior Isabella Cutler takes a photo of Granite Shoals Police Chief John Ortis at the offices of, The Picayune Magazine, and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune. Cutler and fellow student Kate Dooley interviewed Ortis for a story. Staff photo by Suzanne Freeman

About 150 juniors from Marble Falls High School, Falls Career High School, and Faith Academy of Marble Falls spent Thursday, Jan. 26, exploring a variety of career paths as part of an annual program sponsored by the Noon Rotary Club of Marble Falls. Around 40 Rotarians were involved, either hosting students in their workplaces or providing transportation. 

“We have 26 different careers they explored this year,” said Ellison Crider, who is co-chair of the Marble Falls Rotary’s vocational service with wife Fay. “The school district really stepped up to the plate, helping us with filling in careers and additional transportation, too.” 

Marble Falls High School personnel handled the Rotary’s newest addition to careers available to explore. Students who signed up for the entrepreneurship program visited with business owners in town. Another group traveled to Fort Hood in Killeen to tour the base and learn about military opportunities.

Those interested in firefighting were picked up from school in a fire truck. Marble Falls Fire Chief Russell Sander is a Rotary member and annual participant in the career day program as is Police Chief Glenn Hanson. The Marble Falls Police Department also hosted a group of students Thursday. 

“Others are going to hospitals, some are going to talk with musicians about the music business,” Crider said. 

Five students spent the day at Victory Media Marketing as working reporters for and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune. KBEY radio reports are airing at noon, 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m., 7 a.m., and 8 a.m. Friday. Their stories were also published on

Vocational service is one of Rotary International’s five areas of service, Crider said. 

“It’s a signature project of the Rotary Club of Marble Falls,” he continued, adding that not every Rotary club takes it on. “I think Marble Falls should be proud that they have a Rotary club that really cares about the future of its students and the schools.”