DAYTON — On Wednesday, April 13 Northmont’s Jobs for Grads class competed in the 30th annual Career Development Conference at the Dayton Convention Center.
Students competed in events such as Public Speaking, Team Challenge, JOG Jeopardy, Visual Display, Application Technique, Telephone Technique, Decision Making, Employability Test, Interview Technique, Students for Service, and Cover Design.
The theme for this year’s conference is “JOG: Relentless Forward Progress.” JOG stands for Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, and YES! For Youth provides the local JOG program here in the Greater Dayton area.
Schools involved with this program include Northmont, Northridge, Thurgood Marshall, Trotwood-Madison, and Dunbar Early College high schools, as well as Career Connections, Dayton Job Corps, Horizon Science Academy, and Life Skills of Dayton.
The students have spent their senior year preparing and studying these topics, and the hard work paid off. Nine of the students placed first, Nicole Martin in ‘Public Speaking,’ Destiny Grifitts and Melissa Warren in ‘Students for Service,’ Abby Naas, Uriel Magano, and Matt Wood in ‘Team Challenge,’ Haley Hill in ‘Telephone Technique,’ Natalie Hutchinson in ‘Application Technique,’ and Hope Webb in ‘Employability Skills Test.’
Ni’rya Stephens placed second in ‘Interview Technique,’ Bradley Evans and Dillon Getter placed second in ‘JOG Jeopardy,’ Tarren Pfoutz tied for third place in ‘Decision Making,’ Danielle Petry and Tiffany Wilson placed third in ‘Visual Display,’ and Danielle Petry placed third in ‘Cover Design.’
Mr. Mike Smith, career specialist for JNG (Jobs for Northmont Grads) was very proud of these accomplishments and excited for the students that placed first to earn the right to move on to the state competition in Columbus on May 9.
“We look forward to the event and plan to work even harder to succeed again,” Smith said.
The students also attended two workshops while they weren’t competing, where they learned about social media safety, the affect of cyber bullying and gender roles. They were presented by Steve Smith and Kris Gordon and were both very interesting and educational.