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Jobs for Mississippi graduates at DHS took part in competition
The Durant High School Chapter of the Jobs for Mississippi Graduates Program traveled to Jackson on April 10, 2002 to participate in the 12th annual Mississippi Career Association Competition.

There were thirty-five schools from around the state in attendance. They traveled from as far as the Delta and Coast areas.

The students competed in seven categories; Public Speaking, Financial Planning, Interviewing Skills, Critical Thinking, Telephone Techniques, Spelling, and Class Banner. Each school in attendance was represented in every category.

Durant High came away with three winners; Sherlandra Young - 1st Place Public Speaking, Kevin Thurman - 4th Place Critical Thinking, and Corey Young - 4th Place Class Banner Representative. Jessie Perry received the Chairman's Award, an award that was presented by Govenor Ronnie Musgrove for the student in each program that has benefited the most from JMG.

Durant High distinguished themselves by tying with two other schools for having the most overall winners. Torrie Jackson, JMG Job Specialist at Durant High was proud of his students.

"It makes me feel good to see our students do well. They have worked really hard all year.

"Receiving all these accolades is a just reward for a job well done. It further reiterates the fact that if you work hard, stay focused and Keep God first, you will reap success," Jackson said.

Other Durant High students attending the competition were: Derrick Huntley - Spelling, Leslie Burrell - Financial Planning, Marquita Barnes - Telephone Techniques, and Amber Fondren - Interviewing Skills.

"I was proud of all my students. As long as they give one hundred percent, it makes them winners in my book!," Jackson added.

The Durant High JMG program is in its second year.

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