PSJHS cadets attend leadership camp


Cadets Marquez Johnson, Claudia Gref and Zachory Jasinski show off their new "Silver Cords" earned at the NJROTC Area 7 Leadership Academy in St Petersburg.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 09:10 AM.

With summer just beginning, three cadets from the Port St Joe Jr./Sr. High School NJROTC made a commitment to themselves and their company by  accepting the challenge of attending the NJROTC Area Seven Leadership Academy at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg June 15-22.

Meeting the rigorous physical and academic requirements, Cadets Zachory Jasinski, Marquez Johnson and Claudia Gref successfully completed this weeklong Advanced Leadership Training Course and will assume greater leadership roles in the NJROTC when classes resume in August.

Rising at 5:30 a.m. each day, the cadets, along with over 200 others, selected from over 8,000 statewide, completed a grueling regimen of Physical Fitness, Leadership Studies, Survival Swimming and Sailing. More importantly, they were able to work with cadets from around the state, sharing their NJROTC experiences, and bring a wealth of information back with them to share with the cadets of Port St Joe.

Military drill, uniform preparation and inspection, barracks organization and team building were all parts of this exceptional training experience. Jasinski, Johnson and Gref performed in an outstanding manner and warrant a pat on the back for a job exceptionally well done. These cadets will join Cadets Robert Dykes and Megan Hubbard who completed Leadership Academy last summer, as the cornerstone of leadership for the NJROTC Company this school year.

A special thanks to our local American Legion Post 116, for their generous donation of the $180 tuition for each cadet to attend Leadership Academy. Their understanding of the importance of this training is a key to its success. Thank you for your outstanding support of the NJROTC Program. Both the American Legion and VFW Post 10069 have been instrumental in supporting ongoing activities for NJROTC and for that we are truly grateful.

Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) is a citizenship and leadership training program co-sponsored by the Gulf County School District and the United States Navy. It is open to all interested students in the 9th through 12th grades.

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