Working Wildcats

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Working Wildcats

Savannah Webb checks out a customer purchasing a piece of pottery at Earth, Fire and Spirit Pottery Shop.

Savannah Webb checks out a customer purchasing a piece of pottery at Earth, Fire and Spirit Pottery Shop.

Alexandra Mason

Savannah Webb checks out a customer purchasing a piece of pottery at Earth, Fire and Spirit Pottery Shop.

Alexandra Mason

Alexandra Mason

Savannah Webb checks out a customer purchasing a piece of pottery at Earth, Fire and Spirit Pottery Shop.

Alexandra Mason, Assistant Business Manager

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Noah Lawhorn
Junior Noah Lawhorn recently started working at H&J Tire Company in March. When he first started working there, Lawhorn performed basic tasks like tire repairs and replacing brake pads, but he can now do more complex tasks like replacing brake lines or putting in a new radiator.
“I’m lucky with the job I have and the flexibility of its schedule. During spring break, I went in at whatever time I could get there and could stay as long as I wanted,” said Lawhorn. “I could also stay after hours with the head mechanic and learn a few things.”
Among many other things, Lawhorn appreciates the diversity of his job and the experience he is getting by working at H&J Tire Company.
“There is never any repetition in anything we do and there is always a different way to solve a problem,” said Lawhorn. “By working there, I’m actually learning valuable life skills that no matter what path I take in life, it will still be useful for me to know how to do.”

David Wilhelm
David Wilhelm is an upcoming RCHS graduate who has been on the recreational staff at Jellystone Park in Natural Bridge for almost three years. When working, Wilhelm does activities outside like painting, making crafts, or even dressing up in the Yogi bear costume.
“Truthfully, I love Jellystone and everything about it. I love working outside and meeting new people from across the U.S. that are summer traveling,” said Wilhelm. “Honestly, even dressing up as a bear is amazing by making other peoples’ day.”
Working at Jellystone is a seasonal job, so Wilhelm spends early spring to late fall working at the park. In the reopening spring season, Wilhelm normally works seven hour shifts, but in the summertime he transitions into longer work shifts.
Wilhelm specifically likes how his job gives him the opportunity to be around people and build relationships with coworkers, friends, tourists, and strangers.
“Honestly, I would work at Jellystone all of the time if I could,” said Wilhelm. “I have always been the kind of person who likes to interact and meet new people and working at Jellystone park allows for me to do that.”

Savannah Webb
Savannah Webb is a RCHS junior that works at Earth. Fire, and Spirit Pottery downtown. A friend of Webb’s introduced her to the owner of the pottery shop, and not much later, she started working there in Aug. of 2018. Although a retail job at a small business in Lexington, the job was surprisingly much harder to Webb than she originally thought.
“Probably the hardest part of my job is having to remember information about each artist and what exact piece of art they made,” said Webb. “If a customer walks in and asks about a specific piece of pottery, I should be able to tell them who made it on the spot.”
Besides matching artwork to the artist, Webb is also responsible for restocking shelves, rearranging art in the shop, and being a saleswoman. She normally works three to four times a week, ranging from two to eight hour shifts.
“My favorite part about my job is meeting so many new people,” said Webb. “I’m always meeting people from Lexington and tourists from anywhere and everywhere, which brings a lot of diversity.”