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This past Tuesday Craig Kirk came and spoke to our class. Mr. Kirk has had twenty five years of experience in the banking business. Mr. Kirk spoke to us about first impressions. A first impression makes a difference, positive or negative. With making a first impression you must be confident. Mr. Kirk talked about building a brand, your very own brand. My brand might be different then my classmates, but that's what makes us unique. It's our job to make sure our brand is respectful, honest, and trustworthy. You must be professional as well with your first impression, or with any job you're doing. You will succeed if you are confident in yourself and your product, you're professional, respectful, and work hard. Even if you do fail, failure isn't always a bad thing. You pick yourself up,and move on. Learning from your failures is one of the best ways to succeed in the future. Mr. Kirk was an enormous help giving us a little insight on the business world. Thank you, Mr. Kirk.  ~ Collin Fausnaugh

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First Impressions are Important!

Craig Kirk

This past Tuesday Craig Kirk came and spoke to our class. Mr. Kirk has had twenty five years of experience in the banking business. Mr. Kirk spoke to us about first impressions. A first impression makes a difference, positive or negative. With making a first impression you must be confident. Mr. Kirk talked about building a brand, your very own brand. My brand might be different then my classmates, but that's what makes us unique. It's our job to make sure our brand is respectful, honest, and trustworthy. You must be professional as well with your first impression, or with any job you're doing. You will succeed if you are confident in yourself and your product, you're professional, respectful, and work hard. Even if you do fail, failure isn't always a bad thing. You pick yourself up,and move on. Learning from your failures is one of the best ways to succeed in the future. Mr. Kirk was an enormous help giving us a little insight on the business world. Thank you, Mr. Kirk.  ~ Collin Fausnaugh


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Gage Cooper is a senior in high school and attends Lincoln High School in Vincennes Indiana. Gage has been a part of the swim team all four years of his high school career. He also plans to run track during his senior year. He has been a part of the euchre club, baseball club, fantasy sports club, and soon to be in other clubs. Outside of school Gage works as a lifeguard and gives swim lessons. Gage has not decided what he would like to do after he gets out of high school.


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