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Words of Wisdom from Interns: BJ and Jenae

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2011 Summer Interns
(full-time and game-day staff)
(Left-right) Kati Ploeger (Iowa), Jenae Jenison (Central College), Rachel Warford (Iowa), Jayme Anderson (Waldorf College graduate), Niki Feaster (Iowa), Jodi Jurik (Grand View University). (Second row) BJ Stokesbary (Simpson College), Megan Boyd (Iowa State graduate), Tyler Peeler (Grand View University), Jennie Lent (Iowa), Adam Summitt (Simpson College), Maria Vilar (Clarke College), Matt DeWitt (AIB). Not pictured: Matthew Herrin (Grand View University)

To the Menace Interns of 2012:
 
As the summer season of 2011 comes to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on these past three months and provide you with some words of wisdom. It is true: the summer really does fly by! Take advantage of every day that you work on Menace row. Seemingly so, it feels just like yesterday we were both beginning a journey that has impacted our careers and lives.
 
In order to get the most out of the internship, you must work your hardest. Our philosophy has always been to work hard and work ahead. You will never have two days that are the same. Anytime you can get a project or task done before a deadline, do it. With a good work ethic and the willingness to push yourself, (even when you are sweating and it’s 100 degrees outside) you can achieve anything at the Menace.
 
The Menace is a special sports organization that sits in the middle of the Kum & Go headquarters, making it one of the few professional sports offices in the PDL. So for starters, make sure you have more than one suit. Secondly, embrace the corporate culture for which the Menace has been founded upon. To name a few key ideas: integrity, caring, and most importantly teamwork. Willingness to help and working together will make your job easier and a lot more fun!
 
Don’t forget to ask questions! The staff is always more than willing to answer questions and pitch in when you are in need. One question in particular, that could arguably change your life, is the question why. Knowing why the Menace, or any organization, does what it does helps put everything into perspective and gives you direction in your work. Also, don’t forget to double, triple and even quadruple check everything!
 
Finally, be creative! Player spotlights were new this year and we took them to an extreme! Enjoy having the independence and the ability to expand your professional portfolio while making the Menace a better sports organization.
 
Des Moines Menace soccer holds a special place in both of our hearts, and we hope that you will enjoy being a part of the Menace family as much as we have.
 
Good luck & go Menace!
 
Jenae Jenison, BJ Stokesbary

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Jenison (left, PR/Marketing Intern), Stokesbary (right, Operations Intern) take time out of their pre-game schedule to pose for a photo before grabbing rosters from the coaches.
 
Our Top 10 Memorable Moments of 2011
 
1.     Visiting Blank Children’s Hospital with players and Maniac. – A day we’ll both never forget. Visiting the kids puts life into perspective, making you realize how great it is to be surrounded by those who care for you.
2.     The making of John Sosa’s player spotlight. – Head coach Laurie Calloway played a 66-year-old lady and the Maniac photocopied and gardened, need we say more? Plus, it ignited an incredible weekly feature story and video, which Menace fans loved.
3.     Fan appreciation night. – There’s nothing better than looking down from the press box at a sea of red t-shirts in support of the Menace; a 5-1 win over Kansas City is always nice too.
4.     Helping Package in the locker room. – This guy is truly the total package! He’s got everything from humor, dedication to awesomeness. Don’t believe us? Check out his feature story here.
5.     Bleacher banners at 7 a.m. in the rain. – We can now zip-tie and bungee anything. All you need is a Red Bull.
6.     Going to Detroit to play the first round playoffs at the Ultimate Soccer Arena. – The largest indoor soccer facility in the world is a must-see. Plus, it was the PDL playoffs, enough said.
7.     Watching Sosa tally four assists in one match (a 5-2 home win over the St. Louis Lions on May 21, 2011). – The incredible feat was a franchise record and we got to be a part of history.
8.     Post-game party at Legend’s with the staff, players and fans. – Good food, great atmosphere, fun times.
9.     Blowing up hundreds of camp balls. – Just another day at game-day set-up. We’re thankful for air compressors.
10. Beating the Thunder Bay Chill at home, 2-0. – Ahhh redemption; Oh Canada.


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