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Washing away the time

Students occupy themselves with a personable occupation gaining much-needed experience for their future
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Photo by Michael Bartholomew
The car wash business is booming in the area, and students are taking advantage.

For many students, part-time jobs are a necessity, but quite a few take part in a similar occupation. Car washes have started to serve as a common workplace to serve students time, efforts and contribution.

For these teenagers, weekends aren’t just about catching up on sleep or hanging out with friends. Instead, they’re seizing the opportunity to earn a paycheck and learn valuable life skills. Whether it’s scrubbing down vehicles, managing customer interactions or handling transactions, these young workers are gaining real-world experience that extends far beyond the classroom wall, like learning how to operate equipment, and gain social skills through sales.

“I have worked at Tommy’s car wash for just over two years and I love it,” senior Will Senden said. “We make great money, and it is the best way to use my time.”

Senior Dale Hansen, who has found a passion for the carwash has recently started at Club Car Wash and found it to be an awesome way to serve his community. love seeing the clean cars go through with happy smiles on peoples face just knowing we made there day a little bit better”

Yet, amidst the hustle and hard work, there’s also a lesson in responsibility and time management. Balancing schoolwork, extracurricular activities and a part-time job isn’t easy, but these high schoolers rise to the occasion with grace and determination. Through early mornings and late nights, they embody resilience and perseverance, setting the stage for future success in whatever path they choose to pursue.

“I love working at the car wash, we make awesome tips, and it’s just really cool to see all these people come through,” senior Peyton Volkart said. “It’s also very flexible and time consuming giving us things to do after getting out of school early most days.”

The part-time car wash workers in high school are more than just employees, they are young individuals shaping their futures with every wash. Through diligence, and a dedication to balancing responsibilities, these students exemplify the resilience and determination that will undoubtedly propel them toward success in both their academic and professional endeavors. As they navigate the suds and spray of the car wash, they are not only earning a paycheck ,but also gaining invaluable life skills and forging connections that will last a lifetime.

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Michael Bartholomew, Staff Reporter
Michael is a senior at Millard West, this is his second year on the CATalyst staff. He loves to spend his time with friends and work. He also enjoys playing his Xbox,  watching movies and writing about them, and being active.

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