JAG-K students put Kiowa County schools on the map

Kiowa County Signal, May 2, 2023 – Click to read original article

The Kiowa County JAG-K program qualified 20 students (13 high school and 7 junior high) for the annual Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas Career Development Conference (aka JAG Olympics) that was held at McPherson College. USD 422 last month.

For the first time ever, the Mavericks were able to finish 1st place in the high school division. Also for the first time ever, USD 422 finished 1st in the middle school division as well!

“It is a very BIG DEAL to even qualify to attend the CDC,” said Kiowa County JAG-K sponsor Marcus Mitchell. “Regardless of the outcome, it is always a good thing when students step outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. The best part about today was watching us celebrate one another and cheering on other JAG-K students. It was a great day to be a Maverick.”

The results of the state contest were as follows. Students with a star qualified to attend the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National CDC that took place in Orlando, FL April 19-22. Those results will be available next week. Liberty Gilkey will be attending the NatioHnal CDC since she is a State officer (Vice President).

High School – Business Plan: 2nd Place

Audrey Bunce, Adele Janssen, Makayla Wolfley*

Decision Making: 2nd Place

Hannah Greenleaf, Silas Hawkins, Grace Thompson*

Individual Events:

Employability Skills: 1st Place

Raygan Heft*

Financial Literacy: 1st Place

Brooklyn Gilchrist*

Outstanding Chapter (scrapbook on steroids) hasn’t been scored yet. Regan Greenleaf competed in this competition!

Middle School – Team Event

Project Based Learning: 2nd Place

Norma Espericuetta, MaKenzie Gilkey, Alyson Taylor

Individual Events:

Career Prep.: 1st Place

Aubree Gilchrist

Employability Skills: 1st Place

Natalie Banman

Financial Literacy: 2nd Place

Kendal Cooper

Prepared Speaking: 3rd Place

Sauni Kishpaugh