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Middlesex students explore careers

Eighth-grade students at Middlesex Middle School in Darien had the opportunity to learn about many careers presented by a talented group of professionals who live in the community.

At the annual Career Day, the students were able to explore a wide variety of fields ranging from medicine to military, finance to fashion, architecture to app design, and law to music production.

The opening keynote speaker was Dennis Swanson, president of station operations for Fox Television, whose grandson, Edward Glassmeyer, is an eighth-grader at Middlesex.

Swanson's presentation included video clips from USA Olympic goalie Jonathan Quick and from former Middlesex student and current varsity lacrosse player at Duke, Case Matheis, who echoed Swanson's advice to the students to find their passion and work hard.

After Swanson's presentation, the students had the chance to attend breakout sessions with Liz-Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist for Charles Schwab; Andrea Bonfils, artist; Alex Britton, app designer; Margot Fooshee, senior vice president of marketing at J. Crew; Frank Piazza, music producer; Dwight Collins, former U.S. Navy SEAL; and Anne Tolpegin, Broadway actress, among others.

The closing speaker was Mary Pat Augenthaler, the vice president of events for the NFL, who explained the intricate and extensive planning that goes into producing the Super Bowl events. Augenthaler also entertained the audience with videos showing recaps of the 2013-14 NFL season and past Super Bowls.

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