On the Clock: Jessica Lewark | SummitDaily.com

On the Clock: Jessica Lewark

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk On the Clock - Jessica Lewark.

Jessica Lewark wears flip-flops and shorts to work even on the snowiest of days, which isn’t something many in Summit County can say.She lifeguards and teaches swimming lessons at the Silverthorne Recreation Center.Lewark is also a senior at Summit High School and has lived in the county her whole life. However, this local is ready for a change of scenery come her spring graduation.”I’m going to college, but I don’t know where yet since I haven’t gotten the letters. I’ve applied to Arizona State and University of Nevada at Las Vegas,” Lewark said. “I’m ready for some warm weather.” In the meantime, she’s making the most of the cold weather by skiing, shopping and hanging out with her friends.

What do you like best about your job?”Probably the thing I like best is meeting new people. I like the people I work with, and I love the water.”What do you find most challenging about being a lifeguard?”The element of surprise. You never know when something could happen. You can’t have a bad day at work or come in tired, which can be daunting. You always have to be alert and prepared.”

Have you ever saved anyone’s life?”Once. I saved a little boy in the lap pool. He couldn’t swim in the deep water, and he started to go under.”What was the most difficult part of lifeguard training?”With learning CPR, there’s a lot of memorization. But you go over it so much that it just sticks with you.”

What would be your dream job?”Probably to be a pediatrician. Right now I’m looking at going into elementary education.”What’s something your coworkers might be surprised to know about you?”I would love to ride horses, but I can’t because I’m allergic to them. I’d really like to be able to ride a horse without getting hives.”

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