Moapa Valley High School JAG Competitors from L to R: Colton Whipple, John Cohenno, Kaylee Fisher, Amanda Dovilla, Ashlie McCafferty, Dakota Shyface. Submitted photo.

Select students from the Moapa Valley High School JAG (Job’s for America’s Graduates) Class attended the Nevada State JAG Career Development Conference in Las Vegas on Monday, May 18.  Students competed against big and small schools from every JAG Chapter in Nevada.  The competition categories were: Employability Skills (interview, cover letter, resume, application), Art, Essay, Chapter Display, Public Speaking, Scrapbook, Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving.

Moapa Valley High School did extremely well in the competition, bringing home the following awards:
Amanda Dovilla – Second place in Creative Problem Solving
Kaylee Fisher – Third place in Art
Ashlie McCafferty – Second place in Chapter Scrapbook, third place Critical Thinking, and the JAG Outstanding Student Star Award

As part of the conference, students heard internationally renowned career author, Don Asher; Las Vegas TV weatherman, Kevin Janison, and activist and dynamic business woman, Punam Mathur.  Students visited workshops to improve financial literacy and college preparation.  They also attended a college and career fair with numerous employers, federal agency firefighters, Nevada and Utah colleges, culinary programs, and all branches of the military.   JAG teacher Tammie Archibald said: “I asked students what their favorite part of the experience was, and they all had different responses.  Some really liked the speakers, while others really had fun with the competition and meeting others from around the state.  One student had a great interview experience with author Don Asher. Yet another really loved the college and career fair.  It was a great experience with something for everyone.”