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CCHS JAG to compete at National Student Leadership Academy

JAG Teacher in Charge Cyrus Birch with students. Photos by Rick Tobin

Colleton County High School student in the Jobs for American Graduates (JAG) program will travel to Washington D.C. Tuesday, where they compete against other schools from across the country during the 2012 National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA).

JAG is a stat-based national non-profit organization with the sole purpose of preventing dropouts among students who are most at-risk. In its over 30 years of operation, JAG has provided consistent and impelling results, assisting almost three quarters of a million young people to stay in school through graduation, to attain higher educational levels, and obtain high-level jobs.

JAG is committed to helping to fix the country’s dropout and transitional troubles by enlarging state organizations and local programs that help young people who are most at-risk surmount obstacles in obtaining graduation from high school and become ready for higher education.

JAG Specialists are equipped with proven programs and special services for middle school, high school and out-of-school youth to stay in school through graduation from high school, pursue a collegiate education and/or enter and advance in their chosen career field. The program has developed future leaders for families, employers, communities, states and the nation.

The CCHS JAG students will be traveling by air to the Hilton McLean hotel at the Tyson’s Corner shopping mall in McLean, Virginia just outside Washington, D.C. On Nov. 15, they will travel to the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C., where the students will participate in an awards luncheon.

The students then returned to the Hilton McLean, where they will attend Leadership Sessions on Nov. 15, 16, and 17. After a morning Leadership Session on Nov. 17, the students will be treated to a bus tour of the D.C. area. Highlights which will include a group picture at the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol and the Wreath-Laying at the Arlington National Cemetery in nearby Virginia.

JAG students will also tour the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. To tour the facility, the students are required to present a photo identification to get in. Acceptable forms if ID will include a valid U.S, issued driver’s license, a U.S issued photo ID, a U.S. issued passport, or a U.S. issued State Department ID. The students are required to dress in White House Tour attire, which is a white shirt and blue dress slacks.

While meeting with other students in D.C., the CCHS JAG students will also compete in a talent contest in which they will perform a dance/step routine.