Parks and Recreation Manager follows his dreams

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By Jennifer Garcia

  For high school students, deciding what they want to do with their future is sometimes a hard choice. While some students aren’t sure what career path they want to take, others have a clear-cut idea of what they want to do when they grow up.  

  Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Manager Randy Smith was one of the students who always knew which career path he wanted to take. A native of Ohio, Smith attended college at Eastern New Mexico University, where he obtained a degree in recreation. “I knew in college, that this is what I wanted to do,” Smith said. While in college, he began taking classes and working towards a degree in wildlife management, however, after his friends alerted him to a degree program in recreation, he quickly switched gears and started taking classes for that degree program. In addition, he began to volunteer as a referee for youth basketball in the early 70s. “It was more than just tossing out balls,” Smith said, “I realized that working with kids seemed to be important. I began taking dance classes, art classes, play production and water safety instruction classes. I set the stage, realizing here’s my endeavor for the rest of my life.”

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