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JAG-K Students to National Leadership Academy in D.C.

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JAG-K Students attend JAG National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C.
Local students compete, participate in leadership workshops and tour the nation’s capital
TOPEKA – While many in Washington, D.C. were reacting to election results, 12 Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) students were attending the JAG National Student Leadership Academy. The students competed in skills competitions, attended leadership workshops and had the opportunity to tour familiar monuments and museums in the nation’s capital. Hannah Coates of Pratt High School earned a spot with the group by placing in the JAG-K state skills competition in October.
“I am so proud of how well Hannah represented Kansas at the national competition,” said Chuck Knapp, president of JAG-K. “All of our students earned their spot on the team, and I am pleased they can see the correlation between preparation, work and reward.”
Students earned the all-expense paid trip by finishing in the top three places in one of three skills competitions at the JAG-K Leadership Development Conference held at Rock Springs Ranch in October. The skills competitions were: Employability Skills; Math Skills and Public Speaking. Three statewide JAG-K Career Association elected leaders also earned a position on the national team.
JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is engaged in 29 Kansas school districts and serves more than 2,700 students. JAG-K is an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 32 states. The 37-year old program has assisted more than one million students nationwide.
In addition to school districts, JAG-K partners with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Kansas State Department of Education. Funding for the program primarily comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, administered by DCF. JAG-K also relies on private funds from contributors including AT&T, Archer Daniels Midland Company, John Deere, Walmart, Cox Communications and Amerigroup Foundation.  
Anyone interested in more information about JAG-K may visit the website at www.jagkansas.org.

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