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Iowa JAG, Inc. held its third annual Career Development Conference April 4 and 5 at Camp Dodge in Johnston. Students participated in work-based competitions and team building skills headed by members of the Iowa National Guard. Eighteen students from the Storm Lake High School I-JAG program attended the conference.
Approximately 125 I-JAG students from across the state participated in the Career Development Conference. This conference is an effective motivational tool that allows Iowa JAG students to demonstrate their skills in work readiness and competency-based competitive events.
Students competed in the following events: Decision-Making, Employability Skills, Extemporaneous Speaking, JAG Bowl (Team Challenge), JAG Race, Public Speaking, Students for Service, and Topic Poster Contest. Each student competed in two or three events.
Winners were announced during the awards ceremony, with Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson making the presentations. Medals were awarded to first through third place in each event.
All events reinforced the skills that students work on and practice in the classroom. I-JAG helps students develop confidence and competencies that are needed to stay in school through graduation and achieve a successful transition from school to the workplace. The goal of the JAG program is to help students make better-informed decisions about their future career plans.
The following students earned medals in the competitive events:
Employability Skills: Tonya Johnson - 1st place; Adam Gibbins - 3rd place
Topic Poster: Sylvia Lovan, Amphaivanh Thabansouk and Trish Clayton - 1st place; Becky Klink, Brandi Konradi and Natalie Stanley - 3rd place
Students for Service: Trish Clayton and Tonya Johnson - 2nd place
JAG Bowl: Fong Inthakone, Tonya Johnson, Becky Klink and Trish Clayton - 3rd place
Leadership Demonstration (special award): Josh Lundberg, 2nd place; Tonya Johnson, honorable mention
Other I-JAG students attending the CDC were Jeremiah Anderson, Amy Chanthavisouk, Kham Khamtanh, Amanda Lara, Erin Randall, Bandaluck Sayarath, Mai Seebunheuany and Thainalinh Vithayasab.
Storm Lake I-JAG Specialist Pegg Stark believes all the students were winners. "I am extremely proud of how the Storm Lake students conducted themselves during the two day conference," Stark said. "Although not every student won a medal, they were all strong competitors, demonstrating good sportsmanship and positive attitudes. I am also indebted to Stacy Sporner of Mills Marketing & Advertising and Bill Johnson of Methodist Manor Retirement Community for volunteering their expert services to help prepare the students for competition."
Johnson, a member of the Storm Lake I-JAG Board of Directors, also served as a judge at the conference.