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March 2023

Pictured above: JAG-K students and staff are recognized on the floor of the Kansas House of Representatives during JAG-K Day at the Capitol on Feb. 8.

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Events in Topeka Introduce Students to Government, College and Business Opportunties

Throughout the history of JAG-K, one of the highlights of each year has been JAG-K Day at the Capitol, which allows elected student officers from our programs across the state to learn about government and dialogue with elected officials. This year, more than 400 students and staff visited the Statehouse on Feb. 8 as part of this event.

Later in February, more than 170 seniors in JAG-K programs from 37 schools across Kansas participated in the first-ever Senior Days in Topeka, which not only brought them to the Statehouse, but also to Washburn University and to several Topeka-area businesses.

Civic awareness and leadership development are important aspects of the evidence-based JAG model. Thus, visits to the Capitol and introduction to government officials and the governing process are key experiences. Of course, career exploration is a primary element of the JAG-K program. Tours of a college like Washburn University increase students' awareness of a degree-granting institution. Industry visits also highlight some of the many opportunities available to students after high school. JAG-K wants our students to get a full view of their post-secondary options, whether they require a degree, certification, or on-the-job training.

For these reasons, the events of February were particularly exciting. Please read about both of these events by clicking the links to the stories below.

Chuck Knapp

JAG-K President and CEO

JAG-K Day at the Capitol Brings 400 Participants to the Kansas Statehouse

More than 400 JAG-K participants visited the Kansas Statehouse as part of the JAG-K Day at the Capitol celebration on Feb. 8. Students from JAG-K programs across the state met with their local legislators, informing them about the impact of the program and inviting them to visit their schools.

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JAG-K Senior Days Teach Students About Government, Introduce Them to Washburn and Topeka Businesses

Last week, more than 170 students from across Kansas visited the State Capitol, Washburn University and five businesses in Topeka as part of the first JAG-K Senior Days event. Three consecutive Senior Days brought students from 37 Kansas schools to the Statehouse to learn about the governmental process and meet with legislators from their respective areas.

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JAG-K Students Learn about Careers in Health Care on Tour of Stormont Vail in Topeka

JAG-K focuses on jobs and careers in health care during the month of February. Recently, about 20 JAG-K students and staff from three different high schools spent an afternoon learning about career options at Stormont Vail Hospital as part of the recent Senior Days event in Topeka.

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Gov. Kelly Receives JAG-K Champion Award

Gov. Laura Kelly was recently presented the JAG-K Champion award for her outstanding support of the program during her tenure in the Kansas Senate and as governor. For the past several years, Kelly has served as a member of the JAG National Board of Directors and has helped direct the growth of the program across Kansas.

Career Development Competitions Are Underway

Over the 10 years of the program, JAG-K students have achieved significant success in national competitions that test their career-readiness skills.


Those competitions are the culmination of a series of local competitions held across Kansas every February and March. These local competitions are designed to get as many students involved as possible in the competitions that include public speaking, financial literacy, a project-based learning showcase, and demonstration of ‘Employability Skills.’ Live presentations and projects are great simulations of real-world application. 


Winners of those school competitions are entered into regional competitions. Next up is a statewide competition, which will take place at McPherson College on March 22. And finally, those state winners will be rewarded with trip to National CDC in Orlando, Fla. in late April.

Watch for announcements of regional, state and national competitions in the coming months. 

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