Jr. High JAG students attend Development Conference

Natchitoches Junior High JAG Members attended the 17th Annual Student Development Conference on March 1 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Middle school programs across Louisiana competed in the following categories: Prepared Speech, Community Service, Essay Writing, Creative Decision Making and Art. 
We would like to recognize and congratulate JAG’s President Jayna Curry, Vice President Michael Brown, Secretary Ky’lia Miller, and DaVonte Middleton for competing and placing 2nd in the Critical Decision Making Competition. 
On the day of competition, the members were emailed a scenario and given thirty minutes to research, practice, and present their best solution. The members competed against 19 different middle school jag programs across the state of Louisiana. Jayna competed in the Art category as well. 
We extend our gratitude to the parents, NJH’s faculty & staff for their patience, support & feedback, Fisher’s Sports & Sign for the embroidery art work on our vest, and the parent who (anonymously) paid for the art work. 
Pictured: JaCarren Miliage, Xavier Roberson, Delilah Jackson, Darrell Beard, Michael Brown, Jayna Curry, Daryl Walker, Shane’ Johnson, DaVonte Middleton, Ky’lia Miller, Amiyah Williams, Rihanna Allen and Ethan Gourdon. 
The Jobs for America’s Graduates Middle School Program helps 6th to 8th graders successfully transition to the next grade and from middle to high school. Specialists implement counseling, skills development, career association, and experiential learning to improve academic performance, school behavior, attendance, confidence, participation and self-esteem. Middle School participants improve leadership and effective team member skills.