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Hot Springs student winner in state essay competition

| December 30, 2020 12:00 AM

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry recently announced a Hot Springs student and a team from Thompson Falls High School were honored for their work in the Jobs for Montana’s Graduates annual student logo contest and essay competition.

Hot Springs' Ariah Erny was named one of four winners in the essay competition. Others included:

  • Emma Wall – Glasgow High School
  • Josh Hammerly – Scobey High School
  • Kiaunna Cislo – Paris Gibson Education Center

Student winners of the essay competition traditionally travel to Washington D.C. for the National Student Leadership Academy. This year’s NSLA will be held virtually, providing participants an opportunity to connect and network with peers from other states. DLI and JMG recognize these four essay winners for their achievements. Winners were presented with their awards during a series of virtual events at each school recently.

Paris Gibson Education Center in Great Falls was the overall winner in the logo contest while Thompson Falls was second.

Paris Gibson will received the award at a virtual event. Each year, JMG chapters submit student logos, which depict and exemplify what JMG means to them and what the program represents. A panel of three volunteer judges with diverse backgrounds in graphic arts and design scored the logo submissions and selected the winner.

JMG, administered by the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, is a state chapter of Jobs for America’s Graduates, a national organization dedicated to improving outcomes among students with serious hurdles to graduating or employment.

The program received its 14th “5-of-5” award earlier this year, the highest recognition presented to state chapters by JAG, honoring states who achieve or surpass a series of graduation rate, job placement and positive outcome standards.