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MHS cadets excel during JROTC leadership camp

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School JROTC cadets were recently honored for their excellent work at this year’s JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge.

MHS sent 17 cadets to the one-week training program at Camp Atterbury. Each cadet successfully completed a series of physical and leadership challenges designed to push them beyond what they thought they could do. Two Marion cadets were selected by their cadre/instructors for recognition as a Top 10 Honor Graduates from their respective companies of about 55 cadets each because of their superior performance and attitude: 2nd Lt. Cheyenne Russ, and 2nd Lt. Josiah Hamilton.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Tayler Garriott and other cadets attempt to cross an obstacle during the Leadership Reaction Course during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge held at Camp Atterbury.

Also recognized for her superior leadership was MHS Cadet Jade McKoon, who received a Certificate of Achievement, one of only six given among the 212 cadets who attended the camp. 

“It is truly quite an accomplishment for our program to have so many cadets recognized by the camp cadre/instructors for these honors,” said Lt. Col (Ret.) David Farlow, the JROTC senior Army instructor at Marion High School. “It speaks to the strength of our program and the quality of our cadets. In my opinion, all of our cadets who attended camp are exceptional. The Marion cadets were only small percentage of the total cadet population at camp but earned multiple top cadet recognitions.”

The mission of JCLC is to provide an environment conducive to practical application of good citizenship and leadership techniques taught during the school year in JROTC. The cadets faced many physical challenges, including rappelling, obstacle courses, land navigation, and a leadership reaction course.  Additionally, they learned water safety and survival techniques.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Lucas Riley learns how to make a flotation device during water survival training at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Atterbury. 

“I really enjoyed getting to know the cadets and instructors from the other schools,” said Russ who has attended one previous JCLC. “I also like the leadership challenges the camp provided. It pushed me beyond my comfort zone.”

The cadets rose at 6 a.m. each morning and conducted a full day of training, including two hours of athletic competition each evening. Their bunks, personal area, and barracks were inspected each day to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness. They learned how to function as part of a team, completing most tasks in squad-sized elements composed of about 10 to 13 cadets.

“I was really surprised that I was selected as a Top 10 Cadet,” Hamilton said. “It is really an honor.”

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Tyron Rice overcomes his fear and rappels down the 60-foot tower at Camp Atterbury during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge. 

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Cheyenne Russ buckles in for an Army Blackhawk helicopter ride during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Atterbury.