Karlie Urbaniak, a 2005 Mabel-Canton graduate, was the featured speaker of this year’s 90s Club ceremony on Monday, Nov. 4.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Karlie Urbaniak, a 2005 Mabel-Canton graduate, was the featured speaker of this year’s 90s Club ceremony on Monday, Nov. 4. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The Mabel-Canton 90s Club Awards Ceremony took place on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Mabel-Canton High School gymnasium. The club is designed to honor students who have attained a high GPA during the previous school year.

Each year a former Mabel-Canton student returns to speak at this event. This year, Karlie Urbaniak returned to speak to the M-C students and parents attending the event. She is the daughter of Karl and Paula Urbaniak of Canton.

Karlie graduated in 2005 from M-C and then attended North Carolina State University and Fairfield University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business marketing and a minor in business law and ethics.

She currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and works for Bank of New York Mellon in investment management. Her job title is Vice-President/Fund and Client Services Lead.

Karlie spoke about all the opportunities Mabel-Canton offers to all students. Unlike going to a big school where students can usually only focus on one extracurricular activity, students at small schools can play in many different sports, participate in both band and choir, and be a part of many organizations such as National Honor Society.

Karlie spoke about the influence of a few teachers and coaches. Her business teacher, Mrs. Mary Gallagher, had an influence on her future career in the business world. Additionally, she mentioned her choir teacher's influence on her love of music and also the skills her volleyball coach transferred to her which enabled her to play volleyball in college.

Finally, she emphasized that after college, when starting out at a new job, she had to put in a lot of hours and ask lots of questions to learn how to do the best she could at her job. It took a lot of time and dedication in order to accomplish her goals.

After Karlie's speech, the members of the 90s Club were presented to the audience and the senior members spoke about their possible plans after high school.

Students who have been in 90s Club for three years were also presented with an academic bar and will have earned their academic letter.