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Sheldon Clark's JKG claims national wins

JOSEPH HARRIS, second place, national public speaking; Kristina Bowen, first place, national public speaking; Dave Clusky, JKG program manager; Lora Horn, first place, national employability skills; and Vincent Bowman, third place, national employability skills. (click for larger version)
INEZ — On Saturday, Dec. 6, Sheldon Clark High School's Jobs for Kentucky's Graduates truly embarked on an "exhilarating adventure of a lifetime." 

For the third consecutive year, Sheldon Clark's JKG, under the direction of 10-year program specialist Marcie Hanson, became the home of national champions from the Jobs for America's Graduates National Leadership Awards and Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.  

In a "feat comparable to that of a superhero," Kristina Dawn Bowen, Jobs for Kentucky's Graduates state president and SCHS chapter president, became the 2004 JAG National public speaking champion, closely followed by "loyal sidekick" and JKG state treasurer Joseph Harris, who achieved second-place national public speaking honors. In an SCHS first, Lora Horn became the 2004 JAG national employment interview champion, followed by Vincent Bowman of Shelby Valley in third place. 

Kentucky's JAG program swept the awards ceremony, besting more than 200 competitors from 24 states. In addition, Kentucky's Outstanding JAG Graduate honors went to 2002 Sheldon Clark High graduate Samantha Stacy, who was also honored at this prestigious luncheon, as was SCHS senior Shaunda Crum for her superior leadership and participation throughout the event.

SHELDON CLARK HIGH JKG is pictured with 2004 Miss America Erika Dunlap. (click for larger version)
Bowen, Harris, Horn, Bowman and Stacy were recognized with plaques and medals at the awards ceremony, where Bowen performed her winning speech in front of more than 250 attendees of the Washington, D.C., National Student Leadership Conference.

Bowen, Harris, Horn, Stacy, Crum, Hanson, WIA assistant Jackie Bowen and JKG Program CSA Dave Clusky traveled with 31 Jobs for Kentucky's Graduates members and specialists to the National Leadership Awards at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. 

Preceding the awards, students embarked on the JAG Student Leadership Conference, a three-day event in which JAG members from across the nation engaged in leadership activities, tours, and competitive events.  During the D.C. Twilight Tour, SCHS members and Hanson had the opportunity to see a live taping of NBC's "The West Wing" and meet actor Martin Sheen, whose wife is a former Magoffin Countian.   

Bowen is the daughter of Tammy and John Cook of Pigeon Roost and a four-year member of Martin County's In-Sync WIA Youth Program.

Harris is the son of Betty and Elmer Harris of Calf Creek and two-year WIA member.

Horn is the daughter of Larna Setser of Pilgrim and Glen Horn of Inez and a two-year WIA member.

Crum is the daughter of Rose and Landrum Webb of Route 3 and is a three-year WIA member.

Stacy is the daughter of Delbert and Gracie Spence of Tomahawk and is a five-year member of WIA.   

Hanson, Jackie Bowen and members of Jobs for Kentucky's Graduates said they want to thank those who made this project possible through their contributions and support. They include Inez Deposit Bank, Joanne Duncan, Clara Elkins, Craig Preece, Fast Lane, Inc., Mountain City Chevrolet, Appalachian Wireless, Eastern Consolidated Energy, Inc., Greater Martin Co. Kiwanis, Inez Physical Therapy, Martin Co. Home Health, Joy Mining Machinery, Ray Fields, Todd Maynard, Threads Embroidery, Mike Crum, Linda Sumpter, Alice Stepp, Henry Ward, Tonetta Nichols, Beauty You Can Do, Ivy's Medical Supply, Martin County Schools Superintendent William R. Slone, SCHS Principal John A. Haney and Michael Hall.


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