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iJAG Students visit State Capitol, meet lawmakers

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LEFT: MHS seniors Josie McLain, left, and Darrion Ruffin, center, talk to state Rep. Dean Fisher at the Iowa State Capitol Monday.
RIGHT: MHS freshman Peyton Twyford, left, and Miller seventh grader Sophie Cardona, right, meet state Rep. Mark Smith, center, at the Capitol.

Four Marshalltown Community School District students who are part of the Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) program participated in Legislative Day on Monday, February 10 at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. 

Marshalltown High School seniors Josie McLain and Darrion Ruffin, freshman Peyton Twyford, and Miller Middle School seventh grader Sophie Cardona were able to interact with state legislators throughout the day. Education Specialists Mary McCann Fuchsen, Chad Weir, and Austin Hauser guided the students Monday.

The students shared their own personal success stories and asked their lawmakers to continue to support iJAG. Dozens of other iJAG programs from around Iowa were also in attendance.  

iJAG is a nonprofit organization supported by corporate and foundation contributions, public sector grants and participating school funds. The program creates partnerships among business, industry and educational institutions that are committed to the mission of iJAG – to assist students with multiple barriers in graduating from high school and/or successfully transitioning from high school to continued education and careers. 

To learn more about the iJAG program, click here.