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NHS JAG-K Program Earns National Five of Five Award
Posted 10/29/21

NHS 5 of 5 award
Elizabeth Hamblin presents Mr. Leake and Mr. Evans with the 5 of 5 Award

Newton High School was recently presented the “Five of Five Award.” This award is given to schools with JAG-K (Jobs for America’s Graduates – Kansas) programs that reach and exceed high benchmarks for their JAG-K students graduating, becoming employed following graduation, entering military service, or entering post-secondary educational institutions. The Five of Five is the highest of national awards given for JAG programs.

The award was presented by Region 4B Manager of JAG-K Elizabeth Hamblin at the NHS JAG-K program’s recent Initiation and Installation (I&I) ceremony. Mr. Tavis Leake, former NHS JAG-K Career Specialist, accepted the award for the school. Mr. Leake, who worked with the students responsible for winning the award, is now a student counselor at NHS. 

“I would like to congratulate Mr. Leake for his hard work and dedication to his students and for providing opportunities for them to learn about different careers, employment and life skills, and post-secondary education options,” Hamblin said in a speech given during the ceremony. She also recognized Mrs. Dede Trumble, NHS’s JAG-K Career Specialist, who worked with many of the students prior to Mr. Leake before welcoming Mr. Aaron Evans, who now heads up the school’s program.

“I appreciate him also accepting this award and look forward to him and all of you Juniors and Seniors continuing this achievement,” Hamblin said of Mr. Evans and the students. “Without your success, there would be no award to receive.” 

Hamblin concluded her speech by thanking NHS Principal Mr. Caleb Smith, Superintendent, Mr. Fred Van Ranken, and the entire Newton community for their continued support of the JAG-K program and its students. 

Jobs for America’s Graduates – Kansas partners with schools to help students achieve their full potential and prepare them for successful futures.

Read the latest NHS JAG-K newsletter here.

To learn more about JAG-K, visit, “Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas” on Facebook and on Twitter at @JAG_Kansas.
NHS JAG-K students
Junior & Senior Students in the NHS JAG-K Program:
(left to right) Aly Moses, Stephanie Castillo Porras, Grace Morris, Skyler Parks, Matthew Anderson, Kaitlin Grattan, Autumn Smith , Morgan Stephey, Shelby Miller and Trinity Love.

updated 11-8-21