INDIANAPOLIS – Four Anderson High School students were recognized for their employability skills at a state competition.
The four were honored at the 2014 Jobs for America's Graduates Career Development Conference, which is the final state competition that challenges participants to demonstrate employability skills. The event took place March 14 at Ivy Tech's main campus in Indianapolis.
Allyston Henderson, Alex Webster, Miranda Carmack and Eric Lopez were recognized. Their school also was awarded second place as a chapter.
Students competing in the state finals earned their spot by placing in one of the 12 regional competitions. The top students from regional conference competitions advanced to the state finals. There were nine competitions at the state finals with nine to 16 students competing in each contest. The competitions included job interviews, writing skills, creative thinking, career presentations, public speaking and creative solutions.
The students are awards are:
Miranda Carmack, Anderson High School, First Place, Outstanding Senior.
Eric Lopez, Anderson High School, First Place, Cover Design.
Allyston Henderson, Anderson High School, Second Place, Critical Thinking.
Alex Webster, Anderson High School, Third Place, Writing Skills.
Anderson High School, Second Place, Chapter Commercial.
JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting at-risk students academically by helping them overcome barriers to graduation. Since 2006, the Indiana JAG program has helped more than 9,000 Hoosier students to stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.
Currently, more than 4,500 students participate in JAG through 105 programs located within 100 schools throughout Indiana. Students are taught up to 88 competencies, such as critical thinking, team leadership and effective communications skills that will increase their marketability to employers.
JAG students receive adult mentoring while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation. Indiana’s program graduates more than 91 percent of participants and many students choose to continue their education after high school. The JAG program is funded through grants provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.