RHINELANDER - Your kid's job interests may change on a daily basis.
But a new program for middle-schoolers in Rhinelander could steer them in the direction of science for a career.
James Williams Middle School science teacher, Lisa Swaney, hopes to provide the kids with all the options in today's job field to give them an idea of what they might like to do. "I think kids are starting to think about what they want to do after their education. But I know for myself, I always wanted to go into science but I didn't know all the different options out there. So if we can get these kids more familiar with careers, I think it's a great opportunity."
She says 90 percent of high paying careers involve some aspect of science.
Students in grades 7 and 8 will hear from new speakers on different science related careers.
Today's speaker, Area Health and Education Center Consultant Larry Bergum, covered healthcare and the importance of a college degree. "It's never too early to start thinking about a career. If you think about it they start thinking about sports and music at a very young age, so why not get them thinking about a career in healthcare also when they are at a young age."
Students like Samantha Rocha learned a few things during today's talk. "I didn't know that being a pharmacist would make you a lot more money than other things."
Even students like Emily Bauer, whose favorite subject is English, may find something interesting in the programs speakers. "Well I find science really interesting. I really like the hands on things that we do and I like all of the labs that we did last year."
"I kind of wanted to be a doctor before," says Chelsea Newby. "I've always thought that would be kind of cool because you can help people, make them feel better."
If you have a career in science and would like to tell these students about it, contact Lisa Swaney. You can reach her by calling (715)365-9220.
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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