January 27, 2014


Girls explore future paths

SUNY Cortland event introduces them to careers, fitness

GirlsJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Veterinarian Nicole Kayser of Cortland shows Smith Elementary School fourth-grader Christina Melucci a collection of fossilized shark teeth on Saturday during the Girls Day Out career showcase at the SUNY Cortland PER center.

Staff Reporter

About 80 girls from area schools and Girl Scout troops learned about different sports and future career paths Saturday at the Girls’ Day Out event at SUNY Cortland.
The girls listened to SUNY Cortland Assistant Athletic Director Courtney Wormuth as she broke them into groups early in the morning, directing them to their activities of rock climbing, swimming and gymnastics.
Wormuth said the goal is to give girls the opportunity to learn about different sports in a healthy setting with positive role models. The girls were mentored by college student athletes throughout the day in their various activities.
The event is sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Athletics Department and the YWCA of Cortland, in conjunction with the National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The theme was “Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail.”
Later on in the day, a career fair showcased females in professions ranging from the medical and veterinary fields to biologists, police officers, dietitians, nurses and guidance counselors.
In the gymnastics class, eighth-grader Jordan LaBounty gracefully balanced on a balancing beam before jumping off, with a soft landing to the mat below.
LaBounty, from Newark Valley, said she used to take gymnastics years ago so the routine was easy for her. She came with her Girl Scout Troop 40605 because the Girls Day Out event was advertised to all area Girl Scout troops as well this year.
Debbie Perkins, troop leader of Troop 40605, said the venue is very important for children in their formative years. She said the troop is full of “cadet” level girls, grades six to eight, and she praised the activity-filled day as being one that exposes the students to a range of activities.
“It gives them exposure to different fields and different sports. They are at the age they are starting to choose their career path,” Perkins said of the importance of introducing youngsters to the array of choices before them.
Perkins said in another month the troop would be taking a trip to an information technology event to learn about technology. But Saturday was also about socializing.
“It gives them a chance to meet other girls in their age bracket and talk to girls in the sports field,” Perkins said of another benefit of the day.
At the rock wall, a fourth-grader from Central Square, Skyler Fields, scaled the wall with ease, getting about 6 feet off the ground before being belayed to the mat below.
Fields said she goes climbing once in a while, describing it as “kind of easy.”


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