Spectrum students balance school and work

Mary Moudry, 12th grade, Washes paintbrushes for her job at Making Memories Ceramics.

Most high school students choose to spend their time focusing on school or extracurriculars, but some students have jobs. Some spectrum students hold jobs at places like Making Memories Ceramics, Guardian Angels, and Target, for a source of high school income.

But balancing a job and high school is no easy thing, as students have to worry about course work and potentially extracurriculars on top of their jobs, but spectrum students are able to find creative solutions. “Me and my boss have kind of made an agreement where I’ll work three days a month [during school months]”- Mary Moudry, spectrum senior.

Mary works at Making Memories Ceramics, a ceramics place in Otsego. She does everything from helping guests to firing the finished products. Making Memories Ceramics is a smaller business, with less than a dozen employees. The smaller amount of workers results in a more personal experience for Mary, allowing her to come to an agreement with her boss about scheduling during school months.

The entrance to Gabby Kappes’ place of work, Guardian Angels in Elk River. Guardian Angels is a non-profit senior care organization, where Gabby works as a cook.

Another Spectrum student who has a job, is Gabby Kappes. Gabby works at Guardian Angels as a cook, so she provides meals for elderly people and connects with them. Though most high school students work to save money for the future, Gabby’s job is a lot more that just a paycheck for her and her family. “My dad worked for Guardian Angels, so I like grew up around the Guardian Angels company.”


Though it can be tricky schedule-wise, Having a job in high school can be very beneficial for students. Whether that benefit comes from the paychecks or simply just the experience, working in high school can be a great fit for a lot of students.