Cadets Excel at JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge

DSC_0001On a hot Thursday afternoon, 15 cadets from Caroline High School joined 565 fellow cadets from 43 schools for a challenging week of training and competition at Ft. A.P. Hill.  During the period 27 June – 2 July 2013, the cadets participated in an opening ceremony, rappelling, leaders’ reaction course, confidence course, marksmanship, orienteering, leadership instruction, and a graduation ceremony.  They also competed in squad and platoon drill and sports competition in basketball and volleyball.  On a daily basis, the cadets were evaluated in the areas of appearance, leadership, drill & ceremonies, teamwork, and motivation/attitude.

During the closing ceremonies, awards were presented to the top cadets based on their performance during the week.  Two Caroline High School cadets, Tamarya Cook and Thomas Thorne, earned the Mastery of JCLC Objectives Trophy which placed them among the top 3% of the 565 cadets at JCLC!  Cadet Hunter Brooks placed 2d out of 565 cadets in knockout drill competition!  LTC (R) Bob Pyner, the Senior Army Instructor, at Caroline High School, remarked, “All of our cadets learned a great deal at JCLC and performed exceedingly well under tough conditions.  MSG Payne, the cadet’s Army Instructor, and I are very proud of their performance…they were simply outstanding!”

Fellow JCLC graduates included cadets Gabby Amshoff, Nykema Barnett, Mick Campos, Danielle Coleman, Britanie Costa, Jacob Donald, Jacoby Garnett, Dalton Harding, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Ledbetter, Christopher Marshall, and Collin Taylor.