Five students in Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program recently competed on the state level for an opportunity to go the National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. the last week of November. To go to the national conference students had to place either 1st or 2nd in competition. The State JAG will be sending these students to Washington D.C. for the conference. The competition was held at UALR on October 4.

Gregory Simmons placed 2nd in the Employability Skills division. Katelan Hannah and Myra Hicks competed in the Project Based competition where their project was Breaking Bread and placed 2nd. Victoria Goodwin placed 2nd in Public Speaking and Laura Ortiz finished 1st in Math competition. Coach Gaye Stark is the teacher of the JAG program at Heber Springs High School.

“I am very proud of them, very proud of their efforts. They would work on weekends, during lunchtime, they took this seriously and the students were very prepared.” said Coach Stark.

“We owe a huge thank you to Debbie Quinnelly, English teacher who spent a lot of time helping the students prepare for this competition,” Stark added.

The organizing principle of JAG is jobs with career advancement opportunities for the most challenged of America’s young people of great promise. JAG has assisted over one million young people to gain the knowledge and skills required for graduation, to be college and career ready.