VALDOSTA — The Jobs for Georgia Graduates Program (JGG) is a school-to-work transitional program at Valdosta High School. This program is responsible for implementing job attainment skills to forty-five high school students for the world of work, post-secondary education, and/or military entrance upon graduation.
There is great excitement surrounding the program and its participants this year. Career coordinator, Jo R. Thomas, and the senior competitors of Valdosta High School JGG participated in the Career Association Regional Competition at Macon State College on February 12, 2013. Valdosta High School placed in 5 of the 6 categories, taking home two first place medals (in Public Speaking and Creative Problem Solving), two second place medals (Decision Making and Outstanding Chapter Manual), and one third place medal (Employability Skills).
The state competition took place on February 28, 2013, where Valdosta High JGG participated in 5 of 7 categories. Students competing in the state competition were: Jamarion Montgomery (Public Speaking), Carrington Bradley, Arianna Holmes, G. Spenser Keith, Imonica Graham (Creative Problem Solving), Kwam’e Hawkins (Decision Making), Quincy Jones (Outstanding Chapter Manual), and Elijah Thomas (Outstanding Chapter Activity-Hunger 101Campaign).
The winners of the Career Association State Competition were announced at the Career Association Annual Senior Conference on Tuesday, March 12, at the Macon Centreplex.
Senior Jamarion Montgomery was awarded first place in the Public Speaking category, and was able to give his speech before the entire conference audience, which included twelve of his Jobs for Georgia Graduates senior colleagues from Valdosta High. While there, the students attended seminars on leadership, work ethics, college preparation are were also treated to lunch.