In celebration of a new year with JAG, Bastrop High School and Morehouse Junior High School held their second annual Initiation and Installation Ceremony on Wednesday, October 3.

The ceremony began with an introduction to the event and an explanation of the JAG organization. It is a non-profit organization that works to prevent dropouts and aids students in pursuing higher education and high quality careers.

Mrs. Kathy Johnson Lenard spoke on behalf of representative Katrina Jackson. She congratulated the students and spoke to them about their future goals.

“I want to ask you what you will do as students to make it to the next level,” she said.

Mayor Cotton said a few words of encouragement to the graduates as well explaining to them the purpose of JAG. He stated that he believes in them and thinks they will do great things.

“JAG is all about courage and preparing yourself,” he stated. “You guys look like great candidates to run this city, this parish, this state, and this nation. “

Mayor Cotton then led the officers in their installation pledge and inducted all of the JAG members.

The JAG presidents, Cortazja Perry, Da’Travone Moore, and Kristopher Whitehead, handed out certificates of induction to each member.

Dr. Pullen, Secondary Curriculum Supervisor, offered closing remarks congratulating the JAG students, explaining what they will be doing this year, and thanking the teachers, parents, and city officials.

“The students will be doing community service, fundraising, filling out FAFSA forms, and filling out job and college applications,” she said. “The JAG teachers love these students and will help them in any way they can.”

After the ceremony, refreshments were served, and students along with their parents had an opportunity to take pictures at a photo booth.

BHS and MJH, as well as the community of Bastrop, are proud of the JAG students, congratulate them on their induction, and look forward to seeing them do great things in the future.