Optimists honor Cardamon and Huenneke as interns of the month | SummitDaily.com

Optimists honor Cardamon and Huenneke as interns of the month

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club has recognized Emily Cardamon and Kendra Huenneke as December interns of the month. Emily and Kendra worked with mentor Tara Eaton at the Summit Prevention Alliance. The Summit Prevention Alliance (SPA) is a community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of healthy lifestyles in Summit County. Its office is at 518 Main St. in Frisco.

Although neither intern had identified working for a nonprofit as their primary career goal, each was able to gain valuable experience and improve on personal and interpersonal workplace competencies.

Kendra, a senior at Summit High School, intends to continue her education in the field of hospitality management. Her internship goals included development of interpersonal and leadership skills and gaining experience with strategic planning – valuable qualities instrumental in any managerial position. Kendra has worked more than ninety hours with SPA after finding it difficult to secure a hospitality position in September because of the downturn of the economy.

Emily, a junior, would like to pursue a career in counseling or psychology. Because of confidentiality issues, finding an internship in this area presented an obstacle. Emily currently works in the high school counseling office as a peer counselor. Her work with SPA allowed her to gain experience in motivating young people to become more involved in the community and in developing skills in making professional presentations to the public.

Mentor Tara Eaton had this to say about her interns: “A dynamic duo, Kendra and Emily’s combined creativity, spontaneity, persistence and hard work have really paid off. Their enthusiasm and fresh perspective has been contagious. In the short time they have been with us, they have accomplished a lot. They advertised and organized the Youth Leadership Institute in November, created a parent-focused assets video, conducted an assets training for parents and have begun to investigate creating an asset-based, community-service class at the high school. Additionally, they are always willing to help out with various tasks at SPA.”

The intern of the month award is a result of collaboration between Summit High School, Business Education Alliance, Asset Builders of the Summit, Violence Prevention Initiative and the Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club. The Optimist Club presents recognition plaques to a student and mentor each month.

Any mentor who would like to nominate an intern for this award should contact Joel Hecht, high school internship teacher, at (970) 547-9311, ext. 1316.

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