Whether your first job is a custodian, trash collector or selling encyclopedias door-to-door, your job does not define you, you define the job guest speaker District Judge Tod Young told students at Douglas High School’s Jobs for American Graduations Initiation and Installation ceremony Wednesday.
Young swore in the students as the 2022 class of Jobs for American Graduates and shared his career path with the students, explaining that each position was a steppingstone and tool for him to learn and grow from.
“I didn’t have anything special or any advantage that you don’t already have,” he said. “I didn’t come from wealth; I made my own way and used the tools I learned to get to where I am. Everything you learn in this class is a steppingstone and tool. Take every little bit of it and put it together and use it.”
Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates is a program that helps young people graduate from high school and make successful transitions to postsecondary education or employment. Wednesday’s ceremony recognized more than 30 students for their accomplishments and induction into the program including junior Brylee Vanetten, who is the program career association president and junior class president.
“This is a very big accomplishment for me and a great achievement,” said Vanetten. “It has helped me discover the best version of myself and who I want to be.”
Now in its sixth year at Douglas High School Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates is a state-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people and helping them to not only graduate, but to achieve high personal and career goals.
The class provides students with greater confidence and capability as they transition from high school to college, the workforce or the military by teaching them life skills such as, how to build a resume, the proper dress attire for an interview, how to speak and conduct themselves with employers and co-workers and in society, and more.
J4NG Specialist and Coach Susan McDonald said the most important people that made this program successful were the family and friends in the audience during the ceremony.
“The students have worked hard to get to where they are, but we wouldn’t be here if not for you; the friends, family and community who have provided guidance, support and care to your students,” she said.
Jobs for American Graduates 2022 Career Association and Class Officers
Career Association President — Brylee Vanetten
Career Association Vice-President — Dylan Paplia
Senior — Dylan Paplia
Junior — Brylee Vanetten
Sophmore — Stella Rae Bradley
Vice President of Leadership
Senior — Dakota Till
Junior — Emma Mafua
Sophmore — Belle Kliewer
Vice President of Career Development — Mason Budro
Vice President of Social Awareness
Senior — Anna Procaccini
Sophmore — Olivia Paplham
Vice President of Civic Awareness — Rylan Nemanic
Senior — Emily Detwiler
Junior — Mia Vega
Senior — Hanna Smith
Junior — Shasta Lumsden
Sophmore — Adrain Dominguez
Secretary — Cordell Wyn
Bulletin Director — Sam Till
Web Designer — Tristian Kawchack
JAGrrrr Manager — Viviana Mendoza