A Pine Bluff High School student won second place overall in public speaking at the 2018 Jobs for Arkansas Graduates competition.


Pashu’ar Grissom, a senior, won the award Oct. 3 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, according to a news release.


Grissom’s topic was “What Does the JAG Advantage Mean to You?” This award will provide her with an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she will participate in the National Student Leadership Academy for public speaking, according to the release.


Grissom was one of three from PBHS to attend the UA Little Rock event. Other students were Omaria Harris and Sandie Kindle, accompanied by Calvin Thomas, JAG instructor.


Students participated in events for math, public speaking and employability skills.


“Jobs for America’s graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who have serious barriers to graduation and/or employment,” according to the release. “In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping over one million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.”