Alumni Return to Their Roots

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More than 25 Amityville alumni returned to their alma mater as Amityville Memorial High School hosted its inaugural Alumni Career Day.

The event kicked off with an alumni welcome breakfast, followed by a presentation led by keynote speaker Chemene Pelzer, Class of ’91, who is a producer on the Emmy award-winning NBC “Today” show. Amityville alumni, ranging from the Class of 1961 to 2013, with professions in various industries, traveled in pairs to classrooms where they offered a PowerPoint presentation, pictures and/or handouts. They also shared stories, advice and answered students’ questions.

The event, coordinated by high school business teacher, Susan Tietje, concluded with an alumni thank you lunch, affording them the opportunity to network with their fellow alumni.

“By establishing the first alumni career day, my hope is that students learn about different job and career opportunities that perhaps they never thought about,” said Tietje. “We wanted the alumni to come back as role models, who experienced sitting in the seats these kids are sitting in today.”