With the school year coming to a close we did our best to give our students some really exciting and informational presentations before parting ways for the summer. According to our students, we didn’t disappoint! Since we set apart some time for mock interviews and resume building courses before the kids hit the books for finals, we kept it to two presentations this month, but they packed a serious punch! Former Marine Staff Sergeant Brandon Garland gave an impressive presentation on his time in the military, as well as his current position in finance for University of Miami. Not to be outdone, Mona Ragheb and Special Agent Shane Watts both explained their roles within the Department of Homeland Security and how each of their responsibilities is dependent upon the other. We finished strong in K.O.C.’s first year, and we’re looking forward to all the presentations we have lined up in the year to come!
No one knows more about the benefits of diligence than a man like Brandon Garland, and as such this was the focus of his presentation. Covering his time as a Marine Staff Sergeant, he explained to our class how determination and self-assurance motivated him through his military career. The class had the opportunity to learn about the strict requirements of becoming a Marine, both physical and mental, as well as the importance of your high school experience when becoming one. Garland explained how his grades, activities, and awards were weighed just as heavily as any disciplinary history he had when applying, and showed the students the importance of maintaining an upstanding moral character. After leaving the Marines, Garland received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin, and now works in the financial department of University of Miami. Tying together both of his worlds, his activity tested the students’ physical capabilities in a mock Marine training session, as well as their capacity for quick decision making in a mock stock trade scenario.
To close out the year we had professional duo Mona Ragheb and Special Agent Shane Watts from the Department of Homeland Security. As an attorney for the department, Mona represents the nation when prosecuting immigrants who have attempted to immigrate into the country after having committed serious crimes in their home country, as well as when prosecuting immigrants who have committed crimes here and are to be deported or extradited. Mona detailed to the class the type and level of criminals that require her intervention, and the processes she follows to research their past, build a case, and prosecute. She works closely with Shane Watts, who acts as a Special Agent for the department, who explained how his responsibilities lie in investigating suspects and making arrests. By doing so he captures the suspects that Mona prosecutes. The two expressed that how by working together, they form a team that keeps dangerous criminals out of the United States. To illustrate this, the class was broken up into multiple teams for their activity, representing Special Agents, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, with Watts acting as a former warlord attempting to enter the country. The class argued their respective sides of the case, after researching presented facts, and a ruling was reached to bar Watts’ entry.
Thank you to all of our presenters this month! You really did a great job of entertaining and educating our kids. If you’re interested in becoming a presenter during K.O.C.’s sophomore year, click here now!