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Cherokee NJROTC named 'Distinguished Unit' for 11th consecutive year

STAFF REPORT • Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 5:57 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Cherokee High School’s NJROTC has been named a “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors” for the 11th consecutive year.

This distinction is a significant accomplishment, ranking Cherokee cadets among the best of the best of the nation’s more than 80,000 cadets currently enrolled in the Navy JROTC program.

Cherokee NJROTC completed 7,214 community support hours and 932 school support hours for a total of 8,146 community service hours in the 2016-2017 school year.

The community service efforts were accomplished through the exceptional leadership of Cherokee’s commanding officers C/CDR Donald Kiser and C/CDR Jared Taylor; executive officers C/LCDR Jesse Harrell and C/LCDR Alex Mowell; operations officers C/LCDR Gary Johnson and C/LCDR Virginia Hale; command master chiefs C/CMDCM David Johnson and C/CMDCM Duncan Smith; and the public affairs officer, C/LCDR Madison Davis.

Cherokee NJROTC has 42 seniors graduating this year.

Five cadets plan on attending a four-year college, eight have plans for a two-year college, and 17 have chosen careers that require them to possess a high school diploma.

Three have enlisted in the United States Navy: Jacquelynn Mowell, Virginia Hale and Autumn Hazen.

Three have enlisted in the United States Marine Corps: Jesse Harrell, Gary Johnson and Luke Mays.

Five have enlisted in the United States Army: Hunter Rogers, William Clevinger, Avery Sorah, Jonathan Thacker and David Johnson.

Perry Evans has enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Thirty-one cadets were on the A/B Honor Roll and 23 made the National Honors level with a GPA at or above a 3.5.

The Cherokee JROTC program is a joint effort opportunity funded by both the Hawkins County school system and the United States Navy.

The Cherokee NJROTC unit has continued to average around 180 cadets each semester and promotes patriotism, a love of country, respect for the flag and pride in the American way of life.

The NJROTC curriculum places emphasis on character education and seeks to prepare cadets to function as responsible citizens. The goals established for the NJROTC program lend themselves to character development.

Cherokee NJROTC accomplishes this effort through active community service and school support activities.                                                                                                                                      

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