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12th Grader Leads DPNR as Commissioner for the Day


Feb. 7, 2008 — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources welcomed Charlotte Amalie 12th grader Sean Francis as its "Commissioner for the Day" Thursday.
Francis was one of 30 Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts throughout the territory who were selected and placed throughout various departments and agencies of the V.I. government, as well as at participating businesses, as part of "Career Day," an ongoing program of the Virgin Islands Council Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scouts program participants were asked to share career goals and were then placed in acting capacities for the day based on personal interest and available opportunities.
"The Virgin Islands Council Boy Scouts of America participates in ‘Career Day’ every year. Today, scouts were placed in executive capacities alongside Virgin Islands business and government leaders. Scouts were invited to sign up based on their career goals, and we tried to match them up as closely as possible with their interests and based on the availability of openings at participating entities," said Nathan Clark of the local Boy Scout organization.
Francis is a previous honor student and spent a summer at UVI summer camp to learn more about robotics and satellite technologies. He arrived at DPNR on St. Thomas at 8:00 a.m. to work alongside Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Robert S. Mathes. Francis was guided by Mathes throughout the day on the various roles and functions of the office, sat in on a review meeting with DPNR Division Heads, and attended a private meeting with Gov. John deJongh Jr., Mathes, and Director of Coastal Zone Management Janice Hodge. Francis also met some of the Government House staff.
"Mr. Francis exhibits an energy and enthusiasm that is quite encouraging. I was pleased to learn more about his plans for his future," Mathes said.
Francis indicated that he was grateful for the opportunity to witness firsthand the executive levels of leadership in the V.I. government. "I enjoyed the day. It's been a very educational opportunity to explore my career choices, with the only setback of having to make up the work that I missed in class today," Francis said.
Clark was the lead advisor in selecting and placing scouts for this year’s Career Day. Other scouting volunteers assisted Clark in the selection and placement process.
Scouts were placed in the following V.I. Government departments and agencies for Career Day: the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Justice, VIPD, Bureau of Internal Revenue, as well as various other businesses, including MSI and the Butterfly Farm.
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