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MHS JAG Student and Program Earn Top Awards

On October 4, 2017 Jobs for America’s Graduates  (JAG) State Leadership Conference Competition was held in Little Rock, Arkansas at UALR. Mena High School JAG Senior program had two students compete in the Public Speaking and Math Skills events. The top three places in each event will qualify for the national competition in Washington D.C. at the National Student Leadership Academy. Student competitors from Mena were: Robert Johnson, Public Speaking, and Trey Brown, Math Skills. Brown placed 3rd in the state in the Math Skills and qualified for National Student Leadership Academy in Washington DC.

Mena High School Jobs for Arkansas’ Graduates (JAG) has also been recognized as a Peak Performing Program by National Jobs for America’s Graduates. MHS JAG was awarded the Peak Performance Award at the JAG National Training Seminar. The specific areas are: average competency attainment, average contact hours, and bottom 25 class standing rate. Mena was also recognized for earning the “5 of 5” Performance Outcomes Standards for the Class of 2016. Performance Stands include – graduation rate, employment rate, positive outcome rate, full-time jobs rate, and full-time placement rate.  Mena High School has a senior program.

In JAG, seniors develop and practice career plans, teamwork skills, leadership skills, service learning opportunities, employability skills, workplace skills, and much more to prepare for the challenges and opportunities that await the student in the world beyond high school. After graduation, the JAG student has the benefit of follow-up services for a year. The JAG Senior program consists of the class, work class component (limited number), club and follow-up. Some other activities include: guest speakers from colleges and businesses, club meeting and activities, hands on activities during class, annual JAG scholarships, JAG State Leadership Conference and National Student Leadership Academy.  Karen Purvis is the JAG Specialist of the Mena High School senior program.

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