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JAG program initiates 63 WBR students

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The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) participants held there 4th annual Installation and Initiation ceremony at West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse on Wednesday, October 30.

The ceremony inducts officers and members into the Career Association, a national network of teens and young adults interested in career success.  

Sixty-three participants from Brusly High and Port Allen High Schools accepted the vow of membership from Judge Robin Free in a special ceremony inside Courtroom A where he swore in fifteen officers for leadership of chapters at both high schools.  Students led the ceremony and Eric Walker, sophomore of Brusly High, sang an inspiring song, “The World Greatest” by R. Kelly.

Guest speakers included West Baton Rouge Parish President, Riley “Pee Wee” Berthelot; Craig Ourso, Process Supervisor of British Petroleum (BP) Lubricants; and Hall Davis IV of Hall Davis and Sons Funeral Service provided the students with motivational speeches focusing on importance of school and graduating and key skills employers are seeking for the workforce.

Following the ceremony, school board representatives, school faculty, JAG specialists, parents, and the newly inducted officers and members attended a luncheon at West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Posse.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) programs can be found in middle and high schools, adult learning centers, and community colleges across 33 states of our Nation.  A state-based, non-profit organization, JAG has been dedicated to helping qualifying students find success through graduation and employment since 1979.  In Louisiana, JAG is organized by administrators in the College and Career Readiness division of the Louisiana Department of Education and operated by participating school districts or educational facilities. For participants JAG begins with a class facilitated by a JAG Specialist who provides an array of services including academic remediation, counseling, employability skills development, and personal skills development.  Mentoring and support services continue for one year following receipt of a high school diploma.  All JAG participants are part of the National Career Association, and Brusly High and Port Allen High have had active chapters since 2010; officers will attend the annual State Student Leadership Conference on November 6, 2013, and for the first time, some officers attended the annual National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in November of 2012. The annual State Career Development Conference will be available for all WBR JAG participants to attend this spring. Listed below are all JAG participants and Career Association members in West Baton Rouge Parish.  For more information about JAG, visit http://www.jag.org, or contact Diane Brue at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Louise Stewart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like to learn more about WBR JAG, become a partner of JAG and/or a guest speaker, or provide sponsorship for the trip to Washington, D.C.  

Jobs for America’s Graduates Participants/Career Association Members

Brusly High School:  Diane Brue, JAG Specialist

                       

Ballard, Megan                                   

Benoit, Christian                                   

Brantley-Newcomb, Savannah                       

Brown, Wallanecia                                   

Carter, Monique                                   

David, Jake                                   

Dent, Makaila                                   

Driggers, Luther                                   

Echols, Brianna                                   

Goldman, Clint                                   

Himel, Huey                                   

Jordan, Damon                                   

Jordan, Damoneecia                                   

Joseph, Keldric                                   

Landry, Dallas                                   

Landry, Hailey                                   

Landry, Trevion                                   

Lemar, Lyneisha                                   

Lemar, Mark                                   

Lemar, Tori                                   

McNell, Rodney                                   

Nunnery, Melissa                                   

Patrick, Demi                                   

Patterson, Rashad                                   

Peltier, Tabitha                                   

Porter, Marquis                                   

Richard, Landon                                   

Richardson, Bobby                                   

Richardson, Donniesha                                   

Schexnayder, Nicholas                                   

Sheets, Kye                                   

Smith, Ja-Coby                                   

St. Cyr, Natalie                                   

Taylor, Adrian                                   

Walker, Eric                                   

Wheeler, Jovonte                                   

Wheeler, Joyce           

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