Manning High School JAG compete, win at conference


On April 19, students from Manning High School attended the annual Jobs for America's Graduates - South Carolina 2018 Career Development Conference. Joined by more than 586 students from across the state, this annual event provides opportunities for JAG-SC students to hear speakers discuss career development, compete in academic and life-skills competitions and be recognized in an awards luncheon.

Manning High School is proud of the strides its JAG-SC students have made this academic year. At the state JAG Career Development Conference, Renee Elidieu received the Executive Director of Employment Workforce Award; April Williams won first place and Ronald Register received honorable mention for poster contest entries; Jaz'myn Ragin, April Williams and Xavier Gibson finished second overall in the Team Challenge; and the Manning High JAG Chapter received the third-place Chapter Display Award.

"Over the course of this year, the students have mastered 81 competencies identified by businesses as essential to successful employment," said Ernest Cooper, Manning High School JAG-SC administrator. "We want to launch them from here ready for more education or ready for employment. Either way they will be prepared to take the next step in life with confidence and eager to make a positive contribution to the community and society."

Additionally, the group has participated in the National Student Leadership Conference, visited the White House, assisted with Kids Day, donated clothing to fire and flood victims, held a can and pet food drive, and held fundraisers for Leukemia and Lymphoma awareness, Gambling Awareness and Voter Registration Drive.

JAG is a dropout prevention program that in parts focuses on academic success and career-readiness skills. JAG-SC is administered by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.