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Features

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October 10, 2012

Scholars make a few extra dollars Kyle Rieger features editor

Lucy Dwyer features writer

Marta Golterman, Artist For Marta Golterman, junior, the only thing better than making art is getting paid to do it. Golterman works for artist Melody Evans, where she aids in all her art endeavors. They have been working on a clay and mosaic waterfall to cover the back wall of the dining hall in St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Golterman does a variety of odd jobs in assistance to Evans such as making rocks out of clay, loading and unloading the kiln, glazing the rocks, building part of the mosaic waterfall and painting it. Golterman obtained the job in July through her mother’s connections at the St. Louis Art Museum, where her mom is also involved in art. Evans works with Golterman’s mom at the art museum, where she was able to work out Golterman’s job after discussing her daughter’s involvement in

art at school. So far the job has been nothing less than perfect, Golterman said. “I love it. It’s fun to get paid to do what I love,” Golterman said. “It has a flexible schedule. I go in a couple times a week, and it’s made me better in my art and ceramics classes.” Since clay is Golterman’s medium of choice, she finds that working with a professional sculptor is also a great source of inspiration. “[Evans] took me on a tour of her house and it gave me ideas of what I want to make for the future in my independent ceramics class,” Golterman said. Golterman values her current job and hopes art will continue to remain a part of her life, but she does not see art as her future profession. “Ideally, I would be [an artist], but it’s not a promising career,” Golterman said. “I’d love to do it as a hobby though.”

Emily Schwegmann, Knife Salesperson Emily Schwegmann, senior, gets people to buy knives by doing in-house demonstrations of her product. “I love this job,” Schwegmann said. “It really is the best job ever. The hours are flexible, I get to meet people I wouldn’t meet otherwise, and it is really just fun to tell people I sell knives.” As an independent sales consultant for Vector Marketing, Schwegmann is paid commission based on how many Cutco kitchen accessories she sells. Although she thinks her job is unique, Schwegmann said she does not frequently make it a topic of discussion. “Sometimes it just comes up in conversation and it is really exciting because it is different from other high school jobs,” Schwegmann said. Schwegmann said because of how unusual her job is, she often gets reactions of disbelief from people. “Usually people laugh when they find out,” Schwegmann

said. “They think I’m joking at first, but a lot of people think it’s cool.” The employment program designed primarily for college students does not hire anybody under 17. Since most employees are students, Vector Marketing allows its workers the leniency to focus on school. “[My job] never gets in the way of school,” Schwegmann said. “I could take my homework to a meeting and the managers wouldn’t care. They know how important school is.” Schwegmann said the program focuses on profit but also the development of the character of its staff. “In the office meetings, the main focus is more on life and improving yourself,” Schwegmann said. “It is meant to help you achieve what you want in life. In one meeting our division manager had us write down dreams because he said it makes them easier to achieve. I really think he is right.”

George Hansen, Referee George Hansen, sophomore, slips a whistle over his head and grabs his badge, adding the finishing touch to his black and white striped ensemble before leaving for two hours of refereeing. While others might referee for fun, Hansen only had one thing in mind when he selected the job: money. “I needed money for skiing,” Hansen said. “I already knew how to play soccer, so I thought it would be a pretty easy job.” Hansen has participated in sports for as long as he can remember, playing soccer since age 6 and skiing since last winter. Upon getting a job Hansen found a way to both further his interest in skiing and participate in an activity he enjoys. Working for the South Central CYC league and Kirkwood Parks and Recreations, Hansen makes $14-28 per hourlong game, while only taking up a small amount of his weekend. For Hansen the ease with which he could become a referee also influenced him. “I just had to go to an edu-

cational thing for like two hours where a guy talked to us about the rules,” Hansen said. “Then we went to St. Gerard and refereed a game and got our uniform and referee badges.” Not only was the process simple, but the job has not been difficult either he said. “It’s really relaxed, and you can’t really get fired either, so that makes it easy,” Hansen said. “And I knew all the rules already, so I didn’t have to learn any.” All Hansen hoped to get out of refereeing was money, but he got a more unexpected surprise: a reunion with old and new friends. “It’s interesting to see the people who ref. I see a lot of people who I used to play soccer with or guys who play soccer at Kirkwood,” Hansen said. “I like the people I work with.” Hansen admits the best benefit he gets from refereeing is not reuniting with old friends, but rather using money made from his job to purchase new ski gear. “I only get one or two [ski related] things a year, but that’s all I need,” Hansen said. “It’s worth it.”

Kelsey Landrum photographer Erin Kilfoy artist

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