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JAG Students Win Medals
JAG Students Win Medals
JAG staff
Friday, May 15, 2020

Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) students from Royal Valley High School competed in the JAG-K Region Six Career Development Conference, (CDC) recently, claiming five medals and qualifying three to compete on the state level.  

 “The CDC is a great opportunity for our students to demonstrate some of the skills they have gained in JAG-K,” said Royal Valley High School JAG-K Career Specialist Jeffrey A. Gustin.   

Seven Royal Valley students placed in nine events. Individual medal winners were 

            Curtis Wathen, 1st place, Project Based Learning

            Dylan Creollo, 1st place, Employer Engagement Poster

            Trevor Mathews, 2nd place, Employability Skills

            Samantha Riley, 2nd place, Senior Portfolio

            Shyree Jackson, 2nd place, Students for Service

            Jocie Shopteese, 4th place, Public Speaking

            Sahbi Potts, 5th place, Mapping My Future                

The Region Six CDC featured JAG-K students from across northeast Kansas competing in events that showcase the competencies attained in the JAG-K program. Employability skills, public speaking, math skills, community service, and project-based learning are just some of the events in which the students competed.  

Team scores were based on individual performance, and the top two teams in each region earned trophies. Royal Valley placed second as a team in the competition.   

Due to measures in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the competitions in Region Six were all conducted virtually. Students Dylan Creollo, Trevor Mathews, and Curtis Wathen qualified for State competitions, which will be held virtually on May 20.  

“It's really important that we support students and provide opportunities for them to showcase their skills.” said Mary Guerra, JAG-K Director of Program Management, who heads up State CDC. “The virtual CDC is our solution to engage students and allow them to compete.”  

JAG-K is a multi-year, in-school program for students in grades seven through 12 that offers tools to successfully transition students into post-secondary school, the military, or directly into the workforce with marketable skills. Participants in the program face multiple barriers to success that their JAG-K Career Specialist helps them overcome through a nationally accredited evidence-based model. In 2018, JAG-K students had a 98 percent graduation rate.  

  To learn more about JAG-K, visit, ‘Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas’ on Facebook, and on Twitter at @JAG Kansas.