Cadets excel at leadership challenge week
- From left, Hunter Brooks, Asya Jones, and Dakota Johnson; these Caroline High School students placed in the top 12 of 481 cadets who participated in the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Fort A.P. Hill.
Three of Caroline High School’s 15 participating Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets completed the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) recently and achieved the mastery level.
Out of 481 total participants at the Fort A.P. Hill training week, Asya Jones earned second place, Dakota Johnson placed in the top eight, and Hunter Brooks placed in the top 12 of all cadets at JCLC.
“All of our cadets learned a lot at JCLC and performed exceedingly well under tough conditions,” said Lt. Col. Bob Pyner, senior army instructor at Caroline High School.
“Especially commendable was the performance of our cadets who earned the Mastery of JCLC Objective Award,” he added. The collective performance of Jones, Johnson and Brooks “was the best I have witnessed in the 18 years I have been to JCLC,” he added.
Fellow CHS JCLC graduates included Tamarya Cook, Boen Deffenbaugh, Sean Denise, Andrea Gray, Bo Hayes, Danielle Lewis, Joseph Poirier, Rocco Pulling, Valerie Seip, Deondria Smith, Jasmine Smith, and Joshua Walker.
JCLC offered a challenging week of training and competition to 481 cadets from 35 schools at Fort A.P. Hill from June 24-29.
Cadets participated in an opening ceremony, rappelling, reaction course, confidence course, water survival, marksmanship, first aid, and a closing ceremony. They competed in squad and platoon drills and sports competitions in softball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer.
Cadets were evaluated in the areas of appearance, leadership, drill and ceremonies, teamwork, and motivation/attitude on a daily basis.