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F-M students gain real-world work experience through internships

Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce President Mike Skeele presented F-M High School junior Delaney Fuller with her $500 scholarship award certificate.

Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce President Mike Skeele presented F-M High School junior Delaney Fuller with her $500 scholarship award certificate. Submitted photo

— Several Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently had the opportunity to compete for a scholarship while earning some real-world work experience.

Ten students in grades 10 through 12 participated this spring in internships with nine local businesses that are a part of the Manlius Chamber of Commerce. During the 10-week Career Internship Program, student interns worked with a mentor from a local business to tackle a variety of business problems or projects, such as analyzing sales demographics, creating shopper rewards programs, reviewing employee training procedures and creating a training manual, marketing and implementing client data bases.

Some students also took computer classes with F-M High School business teacher Shirley Stas and worked on web design, social media and improving websites.

At the end of the program, the students wrote a report and presented their project to a group of business people, friends, family and a judging panel from the Chamber of Commerce. While students did not earn course credit for their internships, the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce awarded one $500 student scholarship based on how well the students demonstrated the knowledge they gained from the experience through an oral presentation, a visual aid and the written report.

The chamber awarded the scholarship to junior Delaney Fuller, who interned at UNOs Pizzeria and Grill at Towne Center in Fayetteville. Fuler worked with Bill Haddad, her mentor, on developing new marketing strategies for the restaurant’s catering service, which the restaurant is now using.

Chris Gangloff, an F-M High School business teacher and internship advisor, said the program is beneficial to the students as it gives them a chance to take what they learn in the classroom and put it to practical use in the real world of business.

The students who participated in the spring internship program were Ian Adler, Delaney Fuller, Lauren Getman, Richard Herodes, Patrick Kanzler, Andrew Massa, Joch Schaeffer, Vitaliy Shydlonok, Joe Valentino and Steven Winschel.

The following businesses participated: Fayetteville Free Library, Manlius Historical Society, The Manlius Library, Manlius Library Bookmark Cafe, Mrs. Kelder's Cakes, UNO's Pizzeria and Grill, The Webb Agency, Weichert Realtors and The Wine House.

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