Thirteen Athens High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets performed with excellence last week at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Fort McClellan.
The students, ranging from sophomores to seniors, lived in military barracks, wore the Army’s Combat Uniform, and enjoyed dining on “Army Chow” for the four-day leadership and adventure camp.
Each cadet served in at least one leadership position for which they received evaluations from Army instructors. The cadets also participated in a variety of team sports in which they competed against other JROTC cadets from high schools throughout Alabama.
Top honors from the 450-cadet group were earned by Athens student Logan Clarke, who captured second place overall in the male Physical Fitness competition, first place in sit-ups, and two leadership awards.
Also delivering top performances was Athens Varsity Basketball standout Ashli Morris, who won first place overall in the female Physical Fitness contest as well as first place in sit-ups, platoon basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, and best in squad leadership.
Other Athens JROTC cadets who won medals for their outstanding performance were: Rebekah Morris, Tyler Clarke, Sean Fielding, Kelsey Coggin, Caleb Emerson, Kasey Biggs, Shalesha Swain, Luke Lockwood, Catherine Scott, Andrew Saavedra and Jacob Williams.
Colonel Eli Ballard, Athens High School Senior JROTC Instructor said of the cadets’ performance, “I am so proud of each of these young leaders for the great example they set at this year’s leadership challenge. Not only did they demonstrate unmatched physical prowess, seasoned leadership ability, and personal conduct beyond reproach, they consistently displayed a level of respect for themselves and others that is noteworthy at any age.”
Participation in JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge is a routine year-end activity for selected students in JROTC programs throughout the United States.