State JAG Competition held in Martin

By Tim Huether

Bennett County had several students compete at the State JAG competition in Martin May 1, with Shikayla Faubion placing second in Employability Skills, and Thea DuBray placing third in Public Speaking, qualifying them for the National event in Washington, D.C.

JAG is in seven high schools and three middle schools across the state of South Dakota. In the spring, JAG holds a state competition for high school students in three categories Public Speaking, Employability Skills and Math.

Public Speaking is a speech competition on a given topic. This years topic was Why Should JAG be in Schools? 

Employability Skills is where a student writes a resume, cover letter and fills out a job application and then has a personal interview. 

In Math, the students are given a 50 question math test; they may not use calculators.  

This year five schools brought about 70 students to participate in these competitions. Of those students nine of them will compete at the National level in November at the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. The nine who are attending had to place in the top three in the three different categories. 

Bennett County had the honor to host the event this year after having to reschedule do to weather. Kim Claussen, the specialist from Bennett County, is also the State Director for the program. 

“It was a very good day and the students were eager to participate and learn,” said Claussen.



1st, Riley Boettcher, Lake Andes

2nd, Joi Zephier, Wagner

3rd, Angelina Wade, Lake Andes

Public Speaking

1st, Madison Mora, Wagner

2nd, Aneissa Olson, Wagner

3rd, Thea DuBray, Bennett County

Employability Skills

1st, Payton Mora, Wagner

2nd, Shikayla Faubion, Bennett County

3rd, Jarrett Leneaugh, Todd County 

Jobs for JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who have serious barriers to graduation and/or employment.  In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping over one million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

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