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JAG Career Development Conference 2018

On Friday January 19, approximately 150 JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Program from the 8 participating schools in our Region gathered on the campus of Ivy Tech for the 2018 Career Development Conference.  This was the seventh year for the competition in our region.  The students came together to showcase the skills they have been learning during the past year.  Competitions were held in categories such as Employability Skills, Critical Thinking, Creative Solutions.

In addition to the competitions, the students heard from guest speaker and former JAG Student Tierra Allen who now works for WTHI-TV.  Also, students were able to tour the Ivy Tech Campus, hear a presentation from Vincennes University and network with their fellow competitors as well as local Employers and Community Leaders over lunch. 

Local Employers and Community Leaders once again donated their time to serve as Judges for the event and to meet with the students. 

Students who finished in First Place will move on to compete at the State Competition in March.

Congratulations to all of the participants and good luck to those moving on to the State Competition!

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Media Coverage: 

Tribune Star: http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/jag-competitors-learn-practice-the-lessons-of-thoughtful-design/article_1ba351ed-7a28-50cc-9a80-d37507c5eda8.html

Banner Graphic: http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2481568.html

The Brazil Times:  http://www.thebraziltimes.com/story/2478808.html

Sullivan Daily Times: Times Article

2018 Career Development Conference Results

Chapter Brochure

1st Place – Cloverdale
2nd Place – Terre Haute South

Chapter Service Learning Blog/Video Diary

1st Place – Northview

Career Presentation

1st Place – Cheyenne Cox Terre Haute North
2nd Place – Jordan Harrell Cloverdale
3rd Place – Izyc McCoskey Terre Haute North

Cover Design    

1st Place – Tara Bell Northview
2nd Place – Sara Bond Northview
3rd Place – Jalyn Fuller Terre Haute North

Creative Solutions

1st Place – Kyler Brown Sullivan
2nd Place – Denise Janke Cloverdale
3rd Place – Jalen Johnson Cloverdale

Critical Thinking              

1st Place – Natalie Catt Sullivan
2nd Place – Brayden Taylor Terre Haute North
3rd Place – Annie Hueston Turkey Run

Employability Skills

1st Place – Carina Elder Terre Haute North
2nd Place – Isis Britton Terre Haute North
3rd Place – Tara Bell Northview

Entrepreneurship Plan 

1st Place – Gabriella Anderson, Jamika Brewer, Marissa Muncie Terre Haute North
2nd Place – Zach Storms, Hunter Tomey Sullivan
3rd Place – Madyson Vandevender, Jessica Walls Sullivan

Financial Literacy            

1st Place – Jasmin Watson Terre Haute North
2nd Place – Sarah Bond Northview
3rd Place – Carly Stuck Terre Haute South

Public Speaking

1st Place – Raine Myers Turkey Run
2nd Place – Mackenzy Mathers Terre Haute North
3rd Place – Isaac Hunt Riverton Parke

Writing Skills

1st Place – Cadie Honaker Sullivan
2nd Place – Kaylee Honaker Sullivan
3rd Place – Calvin Taylor Cloverdale

Outstanding Senior

1st Place – Parker Timberman Northview
2nd Place - Jaden Scott Sullivan
3rd Place – Katlyn Valdes Riverton Parke

Thank you to all of the Community Leaders who volunteered their time to serve as Judges for this year's event.

Judy Anderson – Vigo County Commissioner
Daryl Andrews – GlaxoSmithKline
Hunter Bisch – Congressman Larry Bucshon’s Office
Amy Bridwell – Taghleef Industries
Mary Ann Clark – Hamilton Center
Laurence Cross – J&N Metal Products
Dr. Tad Foster – Indiana State University
Marjorie Hopkins – Author
Amanda Hogue - Novelis
Ryan Hughes – IBEW Local 725
Jennifer Isbell-Scott – Vectren
Jessie Jackman – Duke Energy
Kim Marlow - Novelis
Mary Caye Pfister – Pfister Realty
Ellen Reeves – United Way
Courtney Richey – Small Business Development Center
Kelly Shillings – PPG Industrial Coatings
Claudia Tanoos - Terre Haute EDC
Andrew Theisz – Vectren
Jason Thurman – Futurex Industries Inc.
Cyndi Todd – Parke County EDC
Dave Tucker – Vincennes University
Greg Tucker – IN/KY/OH Regional Council of Carpenters
Tami VanRensselaer - Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center
Chris Williams – Ivy Tech Community College
Charlene Wright – Ivy Tech Community College
Gail Wright – WCI – AHEC
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JAG News Fall 2017

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Cloverdale JAG Student Turns Work Experience into Full Time Position

Cloverdale JAG student Destinee Shipp took advantage of the Work Experience program to gain some experience working with the Putnam County Library.  She has turned that short term experience into a full time position with the Library.  One of the programs that she assists with was recently featured in the Greencastle Banner Graphic.

From the Banner Graphic:   

‘For the little people’
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Putnam County Public Library’s Youth Services department -- represented by Manager Krista Mullinnix (middle), Taylor O’Brien (left) and Destinee Shipp -- offers a well-rounded host of programs from little people of all ages. “I believe in little things, and every day in our department is full of them and that’s what really brings joy to my heart and the rest of us in the youth services department,” Mullinnix said.

The Putnam County Public Library is perhaps best known for its Youth Services department.

Parents, mothers in particular, from miles around know that the best way to keep kids occupied is to take them to the Imagination Portal and the ever-capable Manager Krista Mullinnix, with her trusty assistants Taylor O’Brien and Destinee Shipp.

Youth Services offers something for little people of every age. Tuesday’s “Baby & Me” program allows parents to sing, read and play with their babies, while the “Hour of Code” teaches ages 6-12 computer science basics.

Being librarians, the trio are set on making the most of every educational opportunity, but also being kids at heart, its always in good fun.

“I think that not only do we promote kindergarten readiness for the younger groups, but we give kids a place to feel safe, to have fun, to explore and to cultivate social skills, to learn new skills,” Manager Mullinnix said. “We have a very standardized, intelligent process for collecting materials, so we have quality materials for children to come in, explore and to learn something new every day. I do think that we are so vitally important (to the community). Our big mission is to cultivate a love for learning and reading.”

Mullinnix keeps her department stocked with a well-rounded range of programs. For art, go to “Masterpiece of the Month;” music, “Music Makers;” cooking, “Cooking with Kids;” science, “Hour of Code” and “STEAM;” building, “Brick Club;” and for just plain reading, “Pup Talks” and two book clubs.

“I believe in little things, and every day in our department is full of them and that’s what really brings joy to my heart and the rest of us in the youth services department,” Mullinnix said. “The proud face of a toddler who knows all of the words and movements to a song; the preschoolers playing librarian and hosting their own storytime; the kid that comes back every week to get a new stack of nonfiction books on a new subject he wants to know more about; or the tweens and teens who want to show off what they’ve worked so hard to build in Minecraft.

“I could go on, but every day in our department is full of little moments of discovery, imagination and creation that really makes my job so rewarding.”

Cloverdale JAG Student Justyce Monnett – Banner Graphic Featured Athlete of the Week

From the Banner Graphic:
FEATURED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Justyce Monnett, Cloverdale
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

By JOEY BENNETT, Sports Editor

Justyce Monnett is a senior volleyball player at Cloverdale, who will also be joining the softball team next spring.  

Banner Graphic: Your first name is very different around Cloverdale, while your last name is very common. Any particular story with your first name?

Justyce Monnett: “My name was taken from the movie ‘Poetic Justice’. It’s different being spelled with a ‘y’, and I like that. All the Monnetts at Cloverdale are related. My siblings are Kamrie [sophomore] and Garrett [seventh grade]. All the rest are cousins. I’m related to a lot of people at the school, but that makes it comfortable to be here.”

BG: A lot of the Monnetts compete in running sports. Did you ever do that?
JM: “No. That’s not my thing. I have played every sport since I could. The love of the game is what I love about it the most. All of us get along so well together. We have all grown up together. I have a lot more passion for volleyball than any other sport. I am planning to go into softball in the spring. I played as a freshman, and I’m going to try it again this year.”

BG: How has your Cloverdale High School career gone?
JM: “It’s gone way too fast for me. I love going here, but it’s gone too fast. I wish I had another year or two here. The sports have been some of the best times I’ve had here, especially basketball season. Winning sectionals and doing all that fun, school stuff and celebrating together has been really fun.”

BG: Are you a good student?
JM: “Yes, I get pretty good grades. I like English this year with Mrs. [Claire] Graham. She makes

BG: What are your plans for after high school?
JM: “I plan on attending Ivy Tech, and then transfer to Indiana State for nursing. One of my friends’ moms is a pediatrician and had all the classes I’ll be taking. I’m really interested in working with kids.”

BG: What kinds of music, movies and TV do you like?
JM: “I love music. I listen to that more than I do anything else. I like to listen to all kinds. Hip hop, country, pop, anything really. My favorite TV show is ‘Teen Mom’. It’s good to learn what not to do, and to not make the mistakes that they did. They show you what your life would be like as a teen mom, and the struggles they have. It’s kind of eye-opening. That’s not something I want to do at all. I like going to movies. My favorite ones are action movies like ‘Fast and the Furious’. I think the series is over, but I heard they might make another one.”

BG: What is something that you have never done before that you would like to do someday?
JM: “I would like to go to Beliz. My Spanish II class did a project over a country and its culture, and I did mine on Beliz. It’s different, and it’s not big lights like Tokyo or anything. It’s tropical in places, and run down in others.”

BG: What is your greatest fear?
JM: “Drowning. It’s a scary thought.”

BG: What are your favorite and least favorite foods?
JM: “My favorite is lasagna, and I don’t like any green vegetables except lettuce. I know they’re good for you, but I just don’t like them.”

BG: Do you have any pets?
JM: “I have one dog and three cats. My dog Miley is a mix of a Labrador and a pointer. I have a cat named Remy, and then two of her kittens. They are Gatlin and Oliver. They are all outside cats. My mom is allergic, so they can’t come in. We’re in the country so they have a lot of room.”

BG: Do you want to come back to Putnam County to live after college?
JM: “I plan on going to Tennessee and living there in Memphis. I’d like to work at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I want to live closer to Nashville. I don’t want to live in Indiana.”

BG: What has been your favorite place to visit?
JM: “I loved Myrtle Beach (S.C.) when we went there. That was my favorite.”

BG: What goals do you have for the rest of the year?
JM: “We’ve been kind of up and down this year. I’d love to win sectionals with this team, especially since it’s my last year. I’ve never won a county title or anything big like that. That’s something I’ve always wanted to win. I’m not really sure who all is in our sectional yet; we haven’t really talked about it yet. I think if we all play well on the same day, we could have a good chance of winning.”
Terre Haute North , Terre Haute South and Northview JAG Participate in Out of Darkness Walk

  JAG students from three schools came together on a Saturday morning, walking to raise awareness of an issue that affects millions of people.  

 The Out of Darkness Walk raises money for the American Foundation for Suicide  Prevention.  The walk has grown from 4000 walkers in 2004 to over 250,000 this year.  Our JAG students raised over $800 dollars that they donated to this cause.


Sullivan JAG Sponsors Convocation
Sullivan JAG was able to sponsor, in partnership with Southwest Schools, one presentation for the middle school and one presentation for the high school from Nathan Harmon.

In addition, Nathan was also able to have lunch with the JAG students in between his speaking engagements.

From Nathan’s Website www.yourlifespeaks.org

Nathan is a man who is beyond passionate about what he does. Shortly after you meet Nathan, you begin to understand that he truly believes that every person he interacts with can be impacted and that every person can have a life that screams leadership, value, and belief. Nathan believes that people don't have to settle for anything short of excellence, no matter the situation. 

Every person can rise above and overcome their obstacles. You may never meet another speaker who is more energetic and engaging.Every person can rise above and overcome their obstacles. You may never meet another speaker who is more energetic and engaging.

Nathan wasn't always so energetic and positive. Battling eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, divorced parents, and drug addictions, Nathan eventually made a decision that forever changed his entire life.

Riverton Parke JAG Plants Trees in Veterans Memorial Park

Thanks to a donation from Fifth Third Bank, the JAG students from Riverton Parke were able to help spruce up the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Montezuma.  The students planted 12 trees in total.

Terre Haute North JAG Students Visit Vincennes University

On October 20, Terre Haute North JAG students visited Vincennes University.  The students were able to see the campus and take Major-related tours.  In addition to lunch, the students also viewed presentations about attending Vincennes.  The students also has a reunion with a fellow JAG student as Trey Epps, a 2013 Terre Haute North JAG Graduate was one of their Tour Guides.

Terre Haute North JAG Students Volunteer for Halloween

Every year, Ryves Hall holds a haunted house in their basement that draws in local kids.  Last year the Terre Haute North JAG students hosted a carnival during that time.  This year THN JAG Co-President, Jalyn Fuller wanted to repeat the event.  

JAG Students collected candy to pass out to the children and decided to have a Halloween bingo game, face painting, bowling, and a toilet paper toss game.  The JAG Students enjoyed working the event and probably had as much fun as the children.  Former Jag student Kayla Kelley popped in to help as well.

Installation and Initiation Ceremonies

Each year, the JAG programs in each school elect new officers to lead their organization.  These Officers help organize the group’s activities throughout the year.  When these new officers are selected, the group conducts an Installation and Initiation Ceremony.

Terre Haute North I & I Ceremony

On November 2, Terre Haute North JAG celebrated the selection of new officers with their I & I Ceremony.  This year, their guest speaker was Tierra Allen a former JAG student who now works for WTHI-TV and Terre Haute North Assistant Principal Aaron Hughes.  This year’s co-presidents, Jalyn Fuller and Kyaira Wood also spoke.

Turkey Run JAG I & I Dinner 

Turkey Run recently celebrated the installation of their new officers with a dinner.

Cloverdale I & I Ceremony

Cloverdale JAG hosted their 2017-18 Initiation and Installation ceremony on November 2 in the Cloverdale cafeteria.

Northview I and I Ceremony

Northview held its I and I ceremony on November 9th. It was held in the auditorium of the middle school and the cafeteria prepared lasagna, pasta, breadsticks and salad. Officers were recognized, the students recited the Career Association Creed, and then everyone used paint to spell out JAG using their hand prints on a banner.

West Vigo Celebrates JAG Program Launch at I and I Ceremony

West Vigo High School became the 8th High School in our Region to have a JAG Program.  The program stared on November 6th.  The members of the first West
Vigo JAG are all member of the Junior class. New JAG Specialist Missy Rohrbach will lead the group. 
The group celebrated the launch with their I and I Ceremony on December 8th.

Terre Haute South I and I Ceremony

On November 9th, the Terre Haute South JAG students celebrated their I and I ceremony with a dinner in the cafeteria from local restaurant, Pilonis.  The group celebrated the election of new officers and had a great evening.

Riverton Parke JAG Hosts Veterans Event  

Students from the Riverton Parke JAG class hosted a Veterans Day event on November 10th.  The students honored veterans with a flag folding ceremony and thanks to a donation from 5/3rd Bank donated a bench to Veterans Park.

Cloverdale JAG Students Receive Academic Letters

JAG Specialist Karl Turk recently celebrated with two of his JAG students, Jordan Harrell and Paige Plamondon as they received their Academic Letter Jackets.

Parke County JAG Students Tour Vincennes University

On November 16th, JAG students from Riverton Parke and Turkey Run High Schools took part in a PreVU day by visiting Vincennes University.  In addition to the tour, the students were provided with lunch and given a presentation about attending Vincennes.  The students also were able to take tours related to specific majors.

Region 7 JAG Program and Instructors Honored at National Conference

Region 7 was well represented at this year’s JAG (Jobs for Americas Graduates) National Training Seminar.  During the seminar, JAG instructors attended workshops and shared best practices with JAG specialists from around the country. 

The Conference included an awards program and Region 7’s hard work was rewarded.  As a program, Region 7 once again received the 5 of 5 Award.  The award recognizes programs that meet or exceed performance measures in 5 categories. 

·         Graduates
·         Total Civilian Job Placements and Military Service
·         Total Positive Outcomes
·         Total in Full Time Placement (Includes Full Time work, Full Time School, Full Time Military or combination of Part Time School and Part Time Work)
·         Total in Full Time Jobs

Region 7 has received this award each year that it has been presented.

When it came time to recognize individual achievement, Region 7 was also honored.

JAG Specialist Dana Bottomley of Northview High School / Cumberland Academy was named a 2017 Outstanding Specialist.  Mrs. Bottomley was one of only 128 Specialists nationwide to receive this honor.

Greg Lee was honored with the High Performer Award for his work as a Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator.


Congratulations to Mrs. Bottomley, Mr. Lee and all of the Region 7 JAG Specialists who do such fantastic work for the youth of our Region!

For more information about our local JAG Program, please visit http://www.workonewest.com/youth/jag-program or contact Greg Lee at glee@vinu.edu

JAG Senior Wins National Scholarship

Terre Haute North Senior and Region 7 Outstanding Senior Award winner Evelynn Duncan was recently named a 2017 Smith Scholar.  Applications were received from over 120 JAG students from 23  
states.  Duncan will receive a National JAG Scholar ship of  $1,000.00.

From JAG.org:


Twenty JAG graduates were selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and one JAG alum was selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship. These twenty-one outstanding JAG graduates have achieved the high honor of 2017 Smith Scholar. This achievement should be listed in the Smith Scholar’s resume or when applications request a listing of awards, scholarships, or recognitions. Only 20 JAG graduates in the Class of 2017 will be able to use the Smith Scholar designation.

The Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund and the Smith Scholars Program were established by the JAG Board of Directors to recognize the extraordinary leadership and service of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., Kenneth M. Smith.  The number of scholarships to be awarded is dependent on the donations to the Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund.  Funding for the KMS Scholarship Fund has come from JAG Board members as well as Western Union Foundation, Lillian Goldman Trust, Strategic Partnerships and CERI.  From 2009-2017, the Fund has awarded 113 scholarships for a total of $167,000.

2017 Kenneth M. Smith Application Packet Submissions

129 JAG seniors and alumni collegiate studentssubmitted electronic Scholarship Applications by February 15 which consisted of the following documents:

-Application Form

-Resume (2 Pages)

-Essay (2 Pages)

-High School Transcript

-Proof of College Application or Acceptance

-Three Reference Letters demonstrating proof of strong academic, leadership, and career readiness performance

-High Resolution Photo

Congratulations Eveylnn!

Northview JAG Hosts Veterans Picnic

On May 7th, the Northview JAG students hosted a free picnic for Clay County Veterans and their families.  This was the 4th year for the picnic.  The students created a flyer which they used to promote the event.  They also worked with local Veteran Organizations and Nursing Home facilities to promote the event to their residents. This year's turnout was the best so far as the students served lunch to approximately 80 people.

At the event, the students collected names and mailing addresses of the attendees and will continue their tradition of sending cards on Veteran’s day.

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JAG News April 2017

Disability Awareness Month

Cloverdale JAG continued its month long initiative to promote disability awareness in the Cloverdale High School community by focusing on inclusion and the understanding of the experience of those with mobility challenges.  During SRT period, members of Cloverdale JAG presented poster boards and activities informing the community of the incidence, prognosis and adaptations of those with facing ambulatory difficulties.  In particular, a selected student experienced a day in a wheelchair; which entailed having to use sliding boards, using alternative routes to destinations, and learning how to raise the chair off of two legs (pop-a-wheelie) to move up to raised surfaces.  Members of the school community learned to adapt the game of tennis for the those that require the use of the wheelchair, while others participated in an inclusive game of baseball, one in which the mobility challenged teammate pitched the entire game and was granted a "designated fielder" similar to the traditional application of the "designated hitter".


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Terre Haute North Assists with Easter Egg Hunt

North JAG Students participated in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)  and Remnant Christian Church community wide Easter egg hunt again this year.  On April 8th three students met at the church with several other community groups and worked as one big team to stuff 23,000 eggs.  Those eggs were brought to the school and carefully laid out on the football field March 30th.  JAG students noticed that several eggs needed inspection and repair before being set out on the field.   All of the volunteers helped carry equipment and supplies to designated areas.   The JAG students pitched in and helped as directed.  Booths were set up and JAG students prepared their area for attendee’s entertainment.  Assignments were given to each student.  JAG students helped man one of the bouncy slides, a fish bowl game, and three other table game areas.  One JAG student even assisted with bathroom detail.  Part of that detail work was to make sure this area remained safe for the children.  After the event JAG students assisted with tear down and trash clean up.  We worked from 7:30 am to 1:45 pm.  At the end of the event we were tired but glad to serve our community at such a great event.

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JAG Entrepreneurs Take First Place in State Contest

On Friday March 18, the first place winners from January's Regional Career Development Conference went to Indianapolis for the State Competition.

Region 7 was well represented and the students did a fantastic job.

The Entreprenuership Team of Dawson Jenkins & Rashawn Nicoson from Terre Haute North High School captured First Place.


In the Outstanding Senior competition, Terre Haute North Senior Evelynn Duncan finished in Third Place.


Eveylnn's Interview:


Congratulations to all of the competitors who did a great job representing Region 7!

Region 7:  Left to Right: Neelie Henderson (THN), Taylor Phillippe (THN), Evelynn Duncan (THN), Dominic Estey (SHS), Rashawn Nicoson (THN), Abbagail Miller (SHS), Dawson Jenkins (THN), Tayler Bell (TR), Carly Stuck (THS), Olivia Bevis (THN), Parker Timberman and Herb (NV)



State Press Release: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDWD/bulletins/18d9f96

Complete list of Winners: http://in.gov/dwd/files/2017%20JAG%20CDC%20Awardees.pdf


JAG 10 Year Celebration

In celebration of 10 years of the JAG program in Indiana, JAG students from across the state were selected to attend a celebration at the Statehouse on February 28. Five students from our Region were selected to attend.

  • Lincoln Buchholz – Northview High School
  • Steven Gardner – Sullivan High School
  • Sincere Gaston – Cloverdale High School
  • Kayla Kelley – Terre Haute North High School
  • Gage Smitley – Sullivan High School

JAG Specialists Audrey Harbison, Terre Haute North and Karl Turk, Cloverdale attended the event with the students.

While at the Statehouse, the students participated in Page Day at the State Senate and then attended the luncheon celebration for JAG.  During the celebration, the students heard remarks from DWD Commissioner Steve Braun, Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson, former JAG students Elijah Tribbett and Desiree Steinkamp.  Governor Eric Holcomb also stopped by to speak about JAG Indiana’s Future and Vision and meet with the students.

Congratulations to these students and all the current and past students and specialists who have made the JAG program a success!

For more information about our local JAG programs, visit http://www.workonewest.com/youth/jag-program

or contact Greg Lee, glee@vinu.edu.


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2017 JAG Career Development Conference

On Friday, January 20th WorkOne hosted the 6th Annual JAG Career Development Conference on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College.

The event brought together JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Students from all of the programs in our Region. The students participated in various competitions, such as Employability Skills, Financial Literacy, Career Presentation, Creative Solutions, etc. to demonstrate the skills they have developed in the program.

This program helps students develop the knowledge and skills they will need to successfully enter the workforce. Once again, local Employers and Community Leaders volunteered their time to serve as judges for the event.


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Approximately 130 students from the JAG programs participated in the event from the JAG programs at the following schools:

• Cloverdale
• Northview/Cumberland Academy
• Riverton Parke
• Sullivan
• Turkey Run
• Terre Haute North
• Terre Haute South

The winner in each category will move on to compete in the State Competition on March 17 in Indianapolis.

2017 JAG CDC Award Winners:

Chapter Commercial
1st place Northview watch video
2nd place Terre Haute South watch video

Service Learning Blog
1st place Sullivan High School

Career Presentation
1st Place Neelie Henderson Terre Haute North
2nd Place Precious Sandifer Terre Haute North
3rd Place Stephanie Williams Terre Haute North

Cover Design
1st Place Josh McDonnell Terre Haute North
2nd Place Lexus Osborn Terre Haute North
3rd Place Jalyn Fuller Terre Haute North

Creative Solutions
1st Place Dominic Estey Sullivan
2nd Place Ben Nasser Sullivan
3rd Place Levi Nieten Terre Haute South

Critical Thinking
1st Place Abbagail Miller Sullivan
2nd Place Diamon Burnett Terre Haute North
3rd Place Brandon Fine Terre Haute North

Employability Skills
1st Place Taylor Phillipe Terre Haute North
2nd Place Jaden Scott Sullivan
3rd Place Kayla Kelley Terre Haute North

Entrepreneurship Plan
1st Place Dawson Jenkins & Rashawn Nicoson Terre Haute North
2nd Place Deven Pool, Jacob Story & Camron Finley Sullivan

Financial Literacy
1st Place Carly Stuck Terre Haute South
2nd Place Jaycob Tighe Terre Haute North
3rd Place Joshua McDonnell Terre Haute North

Public Speaking
1st Place Tayler Bell Turkey Run
2nd Place Lydia McCarty Sullivan
3rd Place Shelby Foote Northview

Writing Skills
1st Place Olivia Bevis Terre Haute North
2nd Place Tara Bell Northview
3rd Place Lilian Davis Cloverdale

Outstanding Senior
1st Place Evelynn Duncan Terre Haute North
2nd Place Gage Smitley Sullivan

Thank you to our local employers and community leaders who served as Judges for the event!

  • Daryl Andrews – GlaxoSmithKline
  • Amy Bridwell – Taghleef Industries
  • Kim Campbell – Rose Hulman
  • Mary Caye Pfister – Pfister and Company
  • Kristin Clary – Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center
  • Laurence Cross – J&N Metal Products
  • Nancy Davisson – Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Dr. Tad Foster – Indiana State University
  • Marjorie Hopkins – Author
  • Ryan Hughes – IBEW Local 725
  • Jennifer Isbell-Scott – Vectren
  • Rich Keller – Ceres Solutions
  • Joey Montgomery - Congressman Bucshon’s Office
  • Ellen Reeves – United Way
  • Courtney Richey – Small Business Development Center
  • Dylan Riggen – Vermillion County EDC
  • Claudia Tanoos - Terre Haute EDC
  • Cyndi Todd – Parke County EDC
  • Dave Tucker – Vincennes University
  • Tami VanRensselaer - Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center
  • Chris Williams – Ivy Tech Community College
  • WorkOne Staff

JAG News - Fall 2016

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JAG Programs Receive National Recognition

5 of 5

For the first year ever, JAG has achieved the 5 of 5 National Performance Award.  The 5 of 5 Award measures Graduation, College Attendance, Job/Military Placements, Full Time Placement (combination of part time work, school, etc.) and Total Positive Outcomes.  Locally, our Region 7 JAG program has won this award every year that it has been awarded!


Indiana JAG programs are leading the way in scholarships awarded in 2016!


JAG Programs Select Officers

Every year, the JAG programs in each school elect officers to lead their organizations.  The officers are responsible for helping to organize community service projects, lead fund raising efforts etc.

This year’s officers are:


President - Sincere Gaston

Vice President Leadership - Lily Davis

Vice President Community Service/Service Learning - Sean Johnson

Vice President Social Activities/Community Awareness - Skylar Price

Treasurers- Destinee Shipp and Payton Jannings

Secretaries- Briana Ulrey and Emily Minton


President - Tara Bell

Vice President - Jason Sanders

Treasurer/Financial Officer - Lincoln Buchholz

Secretary - Emily Livingston

Press Secretary - Britany Truxal

Riverton Parke

President - Justin Steinway

Vice President - Sierra Mason

Secretary - James Brown

Treasurer - Katlyn Valdes

Turkey Run

President - LaKrista Carver

Vice President - Tayler Bell

Secretary/Treasurer - Angel Trinkle


President - Gage Smitley

Event Planner - Emily Horton

Event Planning Assistant - Jaden Scott

Art/Visual - Tessa Carpenter

Vice President - Steven Gardner

Video/photographer - Meredith Lee

Historian - Deven Pool

Terre Haute South

President - Anteues Peterson

Vice President - Samantha Miles

Secretary - Hillary Duncan

Terre Haute North

President: Lauryn Taylor

Vice President of Leadership Development: Kayla Kelley

Vice President of Community Service: Mackenzie Boswell

Vice President of Civic Awareness and School Administrator Liaison: Stephanie Williams

Vice President of Career Development: Briella Ellis

Vice President of Social Awareness: Jalyn Fuller

Secretaries: Chyanne Gore, Shannon Carlson

Treasurers: Olivia Bevis and David Sears

Historians: Jaycob Tighe, Ciara Gibbons

Parliamentarian: Dawson Jenkins

Terre Haute North Welcomes Guest Speaker

The Terre Haute North program featured guest speaker Lonnie Bedwell.  Lonnie does not allow the fact that he is blind limit him from living an adven

turous life.  As a blind person Lonnie has scaled mountains, kayaked wild rivers and snow skied down advanced slopes. He talked about overcoming obstacles and not living with fear (false evidence about reality) or pity (poor information towards yourself).
THN Jag President Lauryn Taylor led the meeting and asked all officers to take a pledge to full fill the duties they have been elected to do.  The Vice President of Leadership Development assisted with the ceremony.   Students enjoyed a meal from China Wok.  JAG Members had invited four of their peers to attend the ceremony.  All students were respectful and ass

isted with the set up and tear down.  The meeting was held in the Teacher’s Lounge at North High School.

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Sullivan JAG Students Conduct Mock Car Crash

Every day teenagers are killed in automobile accidents.  To help illustrate the dangers of impaired or distracted driving, the Sullivan High School JAG students conducted their annual mock car crash.  The students partnered with local fire and rescue personel to show their fellow students the potential impacts of impaired or distracted driving after a halloween party.


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Terre Haute North JAG Hosts Halloween Carnival

The JAG students at Terre Haute North recently hosted a Halloween Carnival at the Ryyves Hall Haunted House. 

JAG students were there early to set up game stations.  This gave the young children something else to do while the haunted house tours occurred.  JAG students organized games and prizes for the children.  We had a toilet paper toss, a face painting table, a count the candy corn game, Halloween bingo, free apple teeth treats, and a broom/pumpkin race.   Prizes were given to the children as well.   It was a great success and our JAG students felt great about their service.  There were around 75 young children in attendance.  They enjoyed the games and interacting with the JAG students.

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