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Lee’s Summit West Hosts 4th Annual JROTC Drill...
Lee’s Summit West Hosts 4th Annual JROTC Drill Meet
December 8, 2012
Lee's Summit High School: Color Guard
(Photo by Martha Bowles)
By Martha Bowles
Over 350 JROTC Cadets representing 14 high schools
from Kansas and Missouri and even from as far as St Paul,
Minnesota gathered at Lees Summit West High School on Saturday, December 1, 2012 to compete in the Lees Summit West Titans 4th Annual Invitational Drill Meet.
Events included Unarmed Drill and Exhibition, Armed Drill and Exhibition, Color Guard, New Cadet Unarmed Drill, Solo and Dual Exhibition, and Individual Drill Down (IDD). Unarmed Drill consists of formal group marching without rifles, Armed Drill consists of formal group marching with rifles, and Exhibition consists of marching using creative movements not typical of a normal drill routine.
Individual Drill Down is a competition where Cadets compete against each other during a series of commands and are judged on the precision of their reactions and movements.
The events were judged by military personnel from the Missouri Army National Guard’s 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and the Grandview Recruiting Station.
Lees Summit West High School Cadet Technical Sergeant William Nathan took first in the Individual Drill Down Competition.
Other accomplishments by Lees Summit Cadets include 3rd Place for the Lees Summit North High School Color Guard and 3rd place in the Armed Solo Exhibition for Lees Summit West High School Cadet 2Lt William Keith.
Another highlight of the event was a silent auction to raise funds for the Lees Summit West Air Force JROTC program.
The silent auction included over 80 items from local businesses. Funds raised will be used to enhance Lees Summit West High School Cadet activities throughout the year.
The JROTC is a 4 year program at the high school which helps prepare students for the future.
As stated on the Lee’s Summit West AFJROTC website, “(The) purpose of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is to instill in high school students.....the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.” (10 USC § 2031)
The 4 branches of the US military, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, support the JROTC program.
Participation in the program; however, does not require a student go into the armed forces. Generally, more Cadets go on to attend college and pursue other career goals than go straight in to the military.
Among the skills and experiences a Cadet obtains are self-reliance, leadership, responsiveness to authority, oral and written communication, physical fitness, patriotism, and team building.
In addition, the Air Force program that takes place in the Lees Summit schools also focuses on aerospace history and the science of flight.
Cadets in the Corps take great pride in the program.
When Cadets from each of the Lees Summit schools were asked what the program meant to them, Lees Summit West High School Cadet Captain Childers felt that it “gives you the opportunity to see what you are capable of and to challenge yourself to try new things”, Lees Summit North High School Cadet Staff Sergeant Williams believes “discipline and the ability to overcome challenges” are important aspects of the program, and Lees Summit High School Cadet Major Hogan indicated that the Corps “teaches respect for others and how to better your community”.
But there is a common thread among all that were asked was the leadership skills they have obtained and how much they truly enjoy being a part of the Corps.