Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Award-Winning Year for Sandy Creek’s ROTC

Cadets show off their awards from Summer Leadership School. From top left: Cadet Major John Downing (Cadre Leadership Award), Cadet 1st Lieutenant Nereida Duran (Outstanding Flight Cadre), Cadet 1st Lieutenant Aleeia Marcelo (Outstanding Flight Cadre), Cadet Major Dustin Gonzalez (Cadre Leadership Award), Cadet Senior Airman Trevor Mercer (Honor Graduate), and Cadet Senior Airman Jacob Renie (Honor Graduate). From bottom left: Cadet Major Megan Shuford (Outstanding Flight Cadre), Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Kaycee Hall (Cadre Leadership Award), and Cadet 1st Lieutenant Katie McKennon (Outstanding Flight Cadre). All cadre award winners also received a national award, eagle trophy, the outstanding cadet ribbon and co-curricular activities ribbon.

The Air Force Junior ROTC program at Sandy Creek High is celebrating the start of a new school year with the addition of several prestigious awards earned by cadets this summer.

Top honors for outstanding efforts in leadership and academics were received by nine of the 23 cadets attending the Summer Leadership School at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Sandy Creek walked away with the most awards earned by the 27 schools and 297 cadets attending. The school provides realistic training for leadership, fitness, group interaction, and team building.

The unit also earned the 2009-10 Air Force Junior ROTC Outstanding Organization Award. The award is earned based on cadet developed goals for the school year and through completion of those goals. It recognizes units that have performed above normal expectations and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. The unit was one of 207 in the nation to receive the award.

The objectives of the Junior ROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education; and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. Enrollment is open to all students who are in the ninth grade and higher, physically fit, and are citizens or nationals of the United States.

Air Force Junior ROTC is in 884 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, the Pacific and Puerto Rico. Junior ROTC enrollment includes more than 110,000 cadets.
For more information about the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Sandy Creek, contact Colonel Pearson or Chief Davidson at 770-969-2840, ext. 278.

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