Cassville student makes history

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Makenzi Dilbeck, daughter of Rusty and Staci Dilbeck of Cassville, meets with Carrie Tergin, mayor of Jefferson City, during the National Student Leadership Academy held in Jefferson City. Contributed photo

Dilbeck named VP of community service for MO JAG

Makenzi Dilbeck, a senior at Cassville High School, recently made history as the first community service state officer for Missouriís Jobs for American Graduates (JAG) program.

Dilbeck, daughter of Rusty and Staci Dilbeck of Cassville, found out she had been selected as vice president of community service in October after completing a two-step interview process. For the first step, she had to create and edit a three minute video stating why she deserved to be chosen to serve†in this capacity. For the second step, she completed a virtual interview with JAG Missouriís executive director and the program director, as well as the JAG national trainer.

One of her first duties as vice president of community service has her working as part of a state-wide team to create a scholarship fund for JAG students.

The JAG program at Cassville High School was started in 2019 with Dilbeck as one of the founding members. The program helps members reach their full potential by first graduating from high school and being successful at whatever career they choose to enter. It is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young people through leadership training.