Bishop Ward High School

Academy of Finance Job Shadowing

A job shadow is a career exploration activity that introduces AOF students to the environment, expectations, and requirements of the workplace in an industry, career, or profession in which they are interested.  This year, several AOF students were able to experience job shadow opportunities. 

In the Fall, several AOF students shadowed Keely Thurston Waugh ’97 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in the area of event planning and several more spent the day learning about accounting with several different accountants at KPMG, LLC.  The students who are interested in audio engineering and the recording industry spent the day with Benson Turkovic ’11 at Covenant Studios.

The AOF students interested in a career in the legal field spent the day at the Wyandotte County Courthouse with Judge Courtney Mikesic ’98 and her Administrator Assistant Jill Biondi ‘94.  This past month, AOF Director Lori Dowd took two groups of students interested in medical fields on an extensive tours of Research Medical Center by Matthew McBratney ‘92, Director of Environmental Services .  Other students interested in the Marketing field spent the day at KU Medical  Center’s  Marketing Communications office with Louie Novak ‘99.  Our future Veterinarian’s spent the day with Dr. Mark Mears at Mill Creek Animal Hospital and those students interested in IT were treated to a day with the IT department at AMC Theater Corporate Offices

A group of AOF students also went on a college visit to Johnson County Community College and met with Melisa Jimenez, Admissions Director, took a college tour, and spent discussion time and took a tour of the Hospitality and Culinary program with Chef Jerry Marcellus.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our friends and alumni who take the time to allow our students these incredible opportunities and experiences.

 KU Medical Center

 Adrian Cisneros, Carrington Allen, Louie Novak ’99, Lidija Begic, and Kyler McCluskey at KU Med Marketing and Communications Office.


Students at JCCC listening to Chef Jerry Marcellus about the Hospitality and Culinary program.

WYCO District Courthouse

District Attorney Mark Dupree, Regina Sanchez, AOF Director Lori Dowd, Harrison Mages, Judge Courtney Mikesic, Jaxen Conejo, Carlos Tapia, Jacob Isabell, Devin Smith, Ivan Hernandez, and Monse Chavez at the WYCO District Courthouse.