The American Exploration Mining Association, formally known as the Northwest Mining Association had their 120th Annual Exposition at J.A. Nugget in Sparks, Nevada the week of December 1-6, 2014. http://www.miningamerica.org/
For the 3rd year, Yerington High School students were hosted by Nevada Copper to learn more on what the mining industry is all about. The YHS Mining Club was organized in 2013 and this is their 2nd year to attend the exhibits. Please see below the comments from the club members regarding what they learned and what they felt was most impressive about the exposition.
Rita, thank you so much for allowing us to attend the Mining Exhibit. I really enjoyed everybody’s company. It really helped me decide on what field I want to work on in the mining industry. The best part was being able to talk to some of the local companies. I appreciated the advice some UNR students gave us to give us an idea what to prepare for in college. I was able to speak with an accountant who also was from a small town and her advice was very encouraging. I learned that living in a small town will not stop me from being successful and achieving my goals. I appreciate that Nevada Copper is supporting our Yerington High School Mining Club. Giving us as a club, the chance to promote Nevada Copper is a great way to show our support for the community.
-Stephani Pena (Vice President) -Y.H.S. Mining Club
I’d like to extend my profound thanks to all of Nevada Copper, as well as to a couple of vendors at the exhibit for offering to donate to our Mining Club. This whole experience has been beneficial in helping me learn about the career in engineering that I’d like to pursue. What I found to be very helpful is the way vendors at the exposition were willing to take the time to talk with me, even though I was only a high school student. They were friendly, respectful and informative. I hope that in the future that the Mining Club of Yerington will be able to continue attending this event and those vendors will continue with their hospitality towards these members.
-Dominique Lucier (Treasure) – Y.H.S. Mining Club
I would like to thank all of Nevada Copper for allowing the mining club to go and have this experience. I have learned much about the mining community of work. There are a wide range of jobs that are involved in the mining industry that I did not know about. What I found to very helpful what all the vendors that were willing to talk to us and inform us about what they did in the mining industry. I am wishing that I had learned more about the mining industry sooner because I would be more involved and I would not have been undeceived about what I wanted to study in college. I now have a sense of some things that I like and wish to future my education on. Thanks again.
-Melissa Pursel (Member) –Y.H.S. Mining Club
First of all, I just wanted to thank Nevada Copper for sponsoring the club and second, for taking us to the mining convention. I had so much fun at the convention. I learned so much and it opened my eyes for engineering. I will continue to be a member of the mining club and I look forward to next year. It is awesome that we are one of the few mining clubs in the nation.
Paco Leyva-Diaz President of YHS Mining Club
I am having so much fun in mining club! I really enjoyed the mining convention because it was so exciting and interesting to me. I learned so much, thank you for taking us! I never knew how many fields are included in mining. When it comes to safety, purifying water, engineering and rock separation, this really blew my mind. It was a really great learning experience. We would not have been able to go on these amazing trips if it wasn’t for Nevada Copper. I thank Nevada Copper for all these great learning experiences. I wish I would have joined a lot sooner. My education in the future is definitely going to be something that I could continue on in mining. Again thank you so much.
-Marlena Smith (Member)
A BIG THANK YOU TO – Laura Skaer, Executive Director and Mike Heywood, Marketing & Information of AEMA for their wonderful hospitality.
Standing from left to right – Yerington High School Science Teacher & Mining Club Adviser Joanna Kuzia, club members Dominique Lucier, Marlena Smith, Melissa Pursel, and Stephani Pena. Kneeling is Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator Rita Kay Menesini and YHS Mining Club member Paco (Franciso) Leyva-Diaz.
YHS Mining Club members visit the Avanti booth and learn about steel alloy metals.
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering was a popular booth with the club members.
Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator, Rita Kay Menesini and Tim Dyhr, VP of Environment & External Relations hosted the Yerington High School Mining Club at the 2014 American Exploration and Mining Exposition.
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