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Alaskan’s Story Wins National Job Corps Gold, Scholarship

Megan Dauphinee (left) and Senator Lisa Murkowksi

Megan Dauphinee (left) and Senator Lisa Murkowksi

PHOTO: Courtesy of Office of Senator Murkowski

Murkowski Congratulates Winner of 2012 National Job Corps Oratory Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today congratulated Wasilla resident Megan Dauphinee after her first-prize finish in the 2012 National Job Corps Student Oratory Competition this morning. Participants shared their life stories, and Dauphinee told how her professional aspirations were boosted by Job Corps after a difficult childhood – winning a $1,500 scholarship along with the recognition before a crowd of 300.

“Today is an important reminder that solid, positive results can come from very dire circumstances – and Megan Dauphinee is proof of that,” said Murkowski. “Despite losing two family members at age 14 and succumbing to substance abuse, her drive and determination helped her overcome a challenging adolescence. I was thrilled to be able to be among the first to congratulate her first place finish.”

“Megan’s speech was a very courageous and honest reminder of the crucial role Job Corps plays in the lives of more than 60,000 students every year,” said LaVera Leonard, President of the National Job Corps Association. “Because of its unique model, Job Corps works for taxpayers, employers, communities and at-risk youth.”

Job Corps is a program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, and is the largest workforce development program in the country, offering free education and vocational training to at-risk youth age 16 to 24.

To watch one of Megan Dauphinee’s speeches, click here: http://bit.ly/AuPcFO

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