EHS senior takes D.C. leadership trip

Emporia Gazette, Dec. 14, 2021 – Click to read the original article

An Emporia High School student is back from a leadership development trip to Washington.

Kaden Nguyen made the trip as State Treasurer of the student career association “Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas.” The organization says its goal is to help teens with “multiple barriers to success” advance to everything from college to the general workforce.

Four elected officers from JAG-K made the four-day trip. They placed a wreath at thew Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then met with Rep. Ron Estes, R- Kansas about the organization and workforce needs in general.

A National Student Leadership Academy normally is part of the Washington visit. Nguyen’s group took part in that virtually, as a COVID-19 precaution. JG leaders from Kentucky also were there in person.

JAG President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Knapp said in a statement that even though in-person contact was minimal, the trip ”reinforced the importance of good leadership.”

Nguyen is a senior who was honorable mention for All-Centennial League soccer this past season.

The JAG-K website says it serves more than 3,800 students in 43 Kansas school districts.