JROTC Cadets complete boot camp

by | Jul 27, 2017 | Education

Cadet Garrett Cook takes part in uniform inspection at Basic Training for JROTC. Courtesy photo

Cadets from Princeton High School’s junior Reserve Officers Training Corps recently attended Basic Leadership Training, better known as boot camp.

Seven students kicked off the district’s newly implemented CATE program in June with a week full of training, which included physical training or PT, academics competition, drills, swimming, uniform inspection and drill competition.

“The new JROTC program at Princeton started out with a huge win, and I am certain that we will continue this winning tradition that Princeton High School has set,” said senior Naval science instructor Lt. Commander James Reed, who comes to PHS as a retired Naval aviator with 26 years of service and 20 years of JROTC teaching experience.

The camp cadets were divided between two companies, “Blue Company” and “Gold Company.” The PHS cadets were placed in different companies, as well as different housing units or berthing facilities as they are identified by the Navy.

The following Princeton cadets attended and were assigned to a company: Cadet Ashley Rowe (Gold), Cadet Garrett Cook (Gold), Cadet Jeffery Deeds (Blue), Cadet Carlos Trevino (Gold), Cadet D.J. Glover (Blue), Cadet Brayden Strickland (Blue) and Cadet Jonathan Gonzales (Blue).

According to Lt. Commander Reed, all PHS cadets finished with very high scores. Cadet Cook was awarded the honor cadet from Gold Company. along with the academic award.

“This is highly unusual for a new cadet in the program,” Reed said. “It was a shock to all the instructors that Princeton cadets did so well since this is a newly established unit.”

Cadet Rowe was right behind Cook, and Cadet Deeds was very high on the list for Blue Company.

“All did extremely well and will be expected to assist in the leadership of the newly established unit,” Reed said. “Each cadet earned the boot camp ribbon, and these cadets will be eligible to attend leadership camp next summer.”

Following boot camp, unit leadership was established for Princeton’s JROTC.

Cadet Cook has been selected as the Commanding Officer of the new unit and will be promoted to Lieutenant Commander, while Cadet Deeds has been selected as the Executive Office and will be promoted to Lieutenant.

Cadet Rowe has been selected to be the supply officer and will be promoted to Ensign, and Cadet Strickland has been selected as the Armory Officer and will be promoted to Ensign.

Cadet Gonzales has been selected as the Administration Officer and will be promoted to Ensign, Cadet Glover has been selected as the Command Master Chief and will be promoted to Master Chief and Cadet Trevino has be selected as the 1st Lieutenant and will be promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

“Other positions will be assigned as we start up the unit,” Reed said. “The school and community can be very proud of these young men and women. They are truly on the road to success.”

Students interested in joining the ROTC program at PHS need to contact their counselor during registration Aug. 1-3 to get it added to their schedule.

By Jean Ann Collins • PISD Communications Coordinator • [email protected]

For more stories like this subscribe to our print or e-Edition. 

 

0 Comments

Related News

PISD classes start August 12

PISD classes start August 12

With the summer winding down, multiple Princeton track and field athletes have utilized the offseason to improve and compete among their peers. This past weekend, locally-based Fanntastic Sports com­peted in the TAAF state track and field meet in Corpus Christi July...

read more
PISD to offer free lunch

PISD to offer free lunch

Every Princeton ISD stu­dent will have access to free, nutritious meals every school day throughout the 2021-22 school year. A student’s household in­come would typically need to meet eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. This year,...

read more
Princeton ISD, Collin College partner for CNA

Princeton ISD, Collin College partner for CNA

Princeton nursing students will now have the opportunity to earn college credit for their Certified Nursing Assistant class, thanks to a partnership with Collin College. Princeton High School Ca­reer and Technology Center (CATE) Director Brett Hack­man said that when...

read more
Back to School Bash this Saturday

Back to School Bash this Saturday

Although Princeton students don’t return to the classroom until August 12, they will have the chance to get the supplies they need at the annual Back to School Bash. The event, hosted by the Princeton Chamber of Com­merce, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday,...

read more
PISD school board discusses preliminary budget

PISD school board discusses preliminary budget

After overcoming a series of challenges presented dur­ing the pandemic, the Princ­eton ISD’s proposed budget was up for discussion at the regular school board meeting Tuesday, June 15. With the 2021-22 school year on the horizon, Jona Boitmann, assistant...

read more
PISD funds eight projects

PISD funds eight projects

Princeton ISD awarded funding to eight innovative projects that teachers will implement in their classrooms next fall. Teachers were surprised with the grant announcements during the final school lun­cheon and presented with an oversized check to celebrate the...

read more
District recognizes teachers

District recognizes teachers

Princeton Independent School District celebrated the end of the 2020-21 school year by recognizing teachers and their service to PISD during a special lun­cheon Thursday, May 27. In addition to recognizing long-term employees, Su­perintendent Donald Mc­Intyre first...

read more
Exchange student campaigns to graduate from PISD

Exchange student campaigns to graduate from PISD

As the 2020-21 school year draws to a close, a foreign ex­change student is fighting for something really important to her – the right to walk the stage at graduation. In a school year defined by tough challenges, including the pandemic and the Febru­ary winter storm,...

read more