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Youth in the workforce subject grows up

Article Date: 
14 December, 2012 (All day)

Looking at some news articles that I wrote for The Morgan County News over 20 years ago, I found one about Kris Carrigan in the May 29, 1992, edition. He was one of the subjects of a segment, “Youth in the workforce.” 
At that time, Ken Adams was owner and editor-in-chief of The Morgan County News. Mr. Adams was so impressed with the youth of Morgan, that he asked me to occasionally spotlight one of the youth that was attending high school and working or training for a career.
As a freshman at Morgan High School, Carrigan had been working at Heiner Ford as a lot boy for two years. He worked there every day after school and all day Saturdays, hoping to save up some money for a car.
Carrigan was 14 years old and had responsibilities that included washing and detailing cars, rotating the tires and managing the car lot, plus a few other tasks. His employer, Tom Heiner, described him to be “one he could count on...a good solid worker.”
Carrigan said he continued to work for Heiner Ford for a few more years, after that interview. The phrase that “good hard work pays off,” came to mind as the list of accomplishments unfolded. This youth carried the hard work ethics on with him to adulthood.  He completed his Eagle Scout project in 1994 and graduated from Morgan High School in 1995. 
Carrigan served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jacksonville, Fla. After completing his mission, he enrolled at Davis Applied Technical Center (DATC) in the electrical training program, where he became an apprentice electrician and received his journeyman license. He worked in this profession for about eight years. 
During his time in school, Carrigan attended night classes two nights a week and worked full-time at Sears in the automotive sales department for four years. After four years and 8,000 hours, he tested out. 
Though Carrigan keeps his electrician’s license current, he works with real estate and property management now. He owns a couple of rental properties and has just taken over a couple property management places. 
Married for almost 14 years to a beautiful California girl, they have a 7 year-old son and live in Plain City. He has also built and sold a couple of the homes they have lived in. His wife said, “This is it! No more building and selling,” so they have been in this home for five years.
Another dream Carrigan had when he was in high school was that he wanted to be a professional golfer. He didn’t end up pursuing that, but said that he still enjoys golf when he has the time. In fact, last year he enjoyed a great day of golf with his dad in Scotland.
Carrigan mentioned that growing up in a small town helped him to find what he wanted in life. A life he is very grateful for. His wife has battled cancer for four years, and he is so thankful to have her in his life.