Second-year Royal Valley JAG specialist Jeff Gustin recently attended the state JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) training in Lawrence. At the training, JAG state leaders presented Mr. Gustin with multiple awards! Some were for the RVHS chapter, and some were for Mr. Gustin himself.
The RVHS JAG chapter received the Outstanding Community Service Award for Region 6 in Kansas. The committee based their decision on projects such as Let’s Help Nebraska, the gathering of items for Nebraska’s flood victims, and the tissue paper flowers that RVHS JAG members created and distributed at area nursing homes.
RVHS also received the 5 of 5 Award which is based on five different aspects of the JAG program. This award will be presented to RVHS at a home football game this fall for the second year in a row.
Mr. Gustin was awarded the Rising Star for Region 6, based on his work as the JAG specialist for Royal Valley. He also earned the New Specialist of the Year for Region 6 and the New Specialist of the Year for the State of Kansas! To cap off an amazing year for Royal Valley JAG, Mr. Gustin received the Outstanding Specialist from the national JAG program. The national award was one of only 125 given out to new specialists across the country.
There are 81 JAG programs in 8 regions in Kansas and 35 states in the US have JAG programs. Mr. Gustin was nominated by his regional manager Michael Munoz. Once Gustin won the state award, his name was sent on to the national level where he won as well.
“This year’s JAG students have big shoes to fill,” Gustin reflected. “Last year’s seniors Keesis, Kenzie, Knowee, Mikal, Lucy, Skyla, Johnathon, Kaylee, Thalia, Gabi, Alyssa and Brianna set the bar pretty high!”
Congratulations to Mr. Gustin and the JAG students!