Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students Gracie Rice, Hannah Wall, and Marissa Frisby competed in the State Leadership Contest in Little Rock on Oct. 2. Seniors Rice and Wall competed in the Project Based Learning portion of the contest, placing third, which means they will advance to the National Student Leadership Academy in Washington D.C., in December.

Eight schools took teams to compete and present their projects on what helps them learn in JAG. Rice and Wall put together a slideshow on the class shirt business and presented it to three judges at the competition in the meeting rooms of the Crowne Plaza.

Frisby, who is also a senior at CHS, competed in the math portion of the competition. The students went with JAG specialist, Kristi Clanton-McDuff.

“It was a really great experience, it was a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to go to Washington D.C to compete at nationals,” Wall said 

The competition was Wall’s first time presenting in front of judges, and she faced a time limit of seven minutes with a five minute. minimum. Wall said she was nervous

“Gracie really pulled me out of the slump I was in and the nerves went away,” she said. “It was so fun after that. I can’t wait for nationals.” 

Clanton-McDuff worked with the students to learn better people skills, which they used to their advantage during their presentation. Using the skills they learned, Rice and Wall were outgoing and used humor as a way to connect with the judges. 

“I didn’t know how to talk to people, but I ended up making several friends while I was there,” Rice said.

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