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Hamby and High receive career development essay award

essaywinners_t.jpgAppalachian State University seniors Toni Hamby of Boone and Katie High of Hickory are the winning writers in the Dr. David Ball Career Development Essay Award.

The award was co-sponsored by Appalachian’s Career Development Center and Dr. Kathryn W. Copley. It honors the late David Ball, who was director of the center for 24 years until his retirement in 2006.

The students received a $250 gift certificate and an appointment with a personal shopper at Kasper in Shoppes on the Parkway. The clothing store helped outfit them with career wear for their job and graduate school interviews or for their first day on the job.

Dr. Walter Oldendorf, Toni Hamby, Dr. Hall P. Beck, Katie High_t2.jpgToni Hamby, second from left, and Katie High, far right, each received a $250 gift certificate from Kasper clothing company in Blowing Rock after writing winning essay in the Dr. David Ball Career Development Essay Award contest at Appalachian State University. Students entering the contest wrote about the person at Appalachian who influenced them the most during their college career. Hamby wrote about Reich College of Education professor Dr. Walter Oldendorf, left, while High wrote about psychology professor Dr. Hall P. Beck, third from left. (Photo by Marie Freeman, university photographer)

The essays described the person at Appalachian who was most influential in the students’ career development.

Hamby described the influence of Reich College of Education curriculum and instruction professor Dr. Walter Oldendorf. She wrote, “Dr. O once asked me where I saw myself 10 years from now. I said, ‘I’ll have your job.’ If that happens, it will be because he inspired me to do it.” Hamby will graduate in May summa cum laude with a degree in special education.

High’s essay described psychology professor Dr. Hall P. Beck of whom she wrote, “Not only did he give me direction, but he also gave me the knowledge and confidence I need to attain my goals. Few other people have as much impact on the development of a society as teachers, and it is people like Dr. Beck who change the whole world.” High will graduate in December with a degree in psychology.

Ball recognized the importance of professional skills, professional conduct and professional appearance when students pursue the interviewing process for internships, full-time post-graduation jobs, and graduate and professional school interviews. To that end, he was passionate about spreading the word on the importance of professional appearance. He dedicated his career to helping students gain employment while creating and maintaining a comprehensive Career Development Center at Appalachian.