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Area students head to JAG state finals

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EVANSVILLE – Area students took part in the annual state competition for Jobs for America’s Graduates Career Development Conference last Friday at Ivy Tech’s main campus in Indianapolis.
Students competed against the winners of 11 other regional competitions.

The regional competition included students from Perry, Vanderburgh, Posey, Pike, Gibson, Knox, Warrick, Spencer and Dubois counties.

Regional winners from Tell City Junior-Senior High School were:
• Hanna Applegate, second place in career presentation.
• Austin Richards, second place in creative solutions.
• Aaron Duke, first place in financial literacy.  
• Kandy Hockenberry, second place in financial literacy.
• Sierra Kellems, second place in writing skills.
• Tell City’s Nancy Bryne took first place in the cover design for “What the JAG Program Means to Me.”

JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting at risk students academically by helping them overcome barriers to graduation.

Since 2006, the Indiana JAG program has helped more than 9,000 Hoosier students to stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

Currently, more than 4,500 students participate in JAG through 105 programs located within 100 schools throughout Indiana. Students are taught up to 88 competencies, such as critical thinking, team leadership and effective communications skills that will increase their marketability to employers.