On April 19, the 2018 Jobs for America’s Graduates – South Carolina Career Development Conference was held as students from across the state came together to compete in a day of competitive events that reflect this year’s theme, Ignite the Flame.
JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk.
In total, 23 high schools and 2 middle schools participated at the conference bringing 576 registered competitors to the event. After collecting the most points, Wade Hampton High School won the event and came home as the 2018 State Champions.
Students competed in a total of 12 events that range from public speaking to interviewing skills to poetry and more. One of the events is the Student’s In Action event. Team members are charged with creating and carrying out various projects that help their communities throughout the year. This year, Swansea High School advances to the Ambassador level with Jefferson Awards Students In Action for statewide competition and Rock Hill High School came in First Place at the conference.
Nathaniel Winch from Swansea High School was awarded the Governor’s Award. This award is given annually to recognize the student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to their JAG goals.