Jobs for Georgia Graduates Won in Both Region and State Employability Competitions

By:Vivian Duncan

(From Left to Right) Mahari Young, Shaylyn Marshall and Alan Owens stand together displaying the medals they received from their successes in their events at the Employability Competition dressed in full business attire.

NHS Jobs for Georgia Graduates participated in a Metro Atlanta Region employability skills competition in Atlanta with other high schools. It was held at the Georgia Department of Labor State Office in Atlanta.

Seven students attended and competed in the employability skills competition, and out of those seven, three placed in the regional competition.

Mahari Young placed first in Decision Making event, and Shaylyn Marshall placed first in the Outstanding Leadership event. Alan Owens placed third in Public Speaking.

Newnan High School placed first in Outstanding Chapter Manual with special recognition to Roneesha Bowles and Jolene Robertson.

Other students involved in the competition were Kevin Cleveland, Maria Nunez, Maribel Nunez and Nathaly Quiros.

After winning awards at the region competition, Belk Department Store in Ashley Park fitted all of these students with professional business attire to compete in at the state level.

Students were provided jackets, blouses, dress shirts and accessories at no cost to the students or to NHS. Mr. Todd Spain, Sales Manager at Belk, assisted the students in picking out professional business attire.

“This collaboration made a significant difference in the students’ presentation, and therefore the outcome of the competition,” Mr. Gaines Coker, leader of NHS’s JGG noted.
Mahari, Shaylyn and the Outstanding Chapter Manual then went on to compete at the State Competition in Macon, GA at the Centreplex.

In the final state competition in Macon, Shaylyn Marshall won first place in the Outstanding Leadership event. Mahari Young earned first place in Decision Making event, and Roneesha Bowles, Destiny Strong and Jolene Robertson all received second place in the Outstanding Chapter Manual event.

Mahari explained his experience at the state competition as thrilling and gratifying.
He also gives a lot of thanks to Mr. Coker for being such an encouraging club leader,“I was anxious to present. I was, in fact, the first person to present, and I ended up doing very well. Mr. Coker had a lot of faith in me.”