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Left to right - Macey Baucom, Mary Jacobs - JAG Conference Chair, Nayeli Basilio, Marylene Tate - JAG State Supervisor, and Trever Coburn.

Mena JAG Program Excells at State, Looks Forward to Nationals


On September 29, 2015 Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) State Leadership Conference Competition was held in Little Rock, Arkansas at UALR. The students listened to a motivational speaker and competed in their respective events. The three event categories open for students from across the state to compete in were Public Speaking, Employability Skills, and Math Skills.

In Public Speaking, students were judged over the presentation of a speech they wrote about the national JAG theme, “Career and College Ready.” In Employability Skills, competitors composed a résumé, letter of application, and were then interviewed by a panel of judges to rank their employability. Math Skills was a written test in which students were challenged to demonstrate their math skills.

The top three places in each event will qualify for the national competition in Washington D.C. at the National Student Leadership Academy. First place winners will have their trip paid to attend and compete at the National Student Leadership Academy. Student competitors from Mena – Public Speaking – Trever Coburn, Employability Skills – Macey Baucom, and Math Skills – Nayeli Basilio. Both Basilio and Coburn placed. Coburn received 3rd in the state for Public Speaking and Basilio received 1st in the state in math. Nayeli Basilio is looking forward to Washington D.C. and representing Mena High School and Arkansas nationally.

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