Throughout the semester, the naval science instructors closely observe cadets and their actions both as cadets and as students.
The Cherokee NJROTC Cadet of the Month award recognizes loyalty, reliability, patriotism and exceptional performance of duty.
The Cadets of the Month for the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year include:
September: Jade Owens and Nick Swatzell
Owens: Even though she had been a part of NJROTC for only a month, she quickly joined the drill team and competed in the Dobyns-Bennett drill meet. Owens also participated in the canned food drive and Wreaths Across America and has been very active in the unit.
Swatzell: He joined the colors detail immediately after joining NJROTC. He was selected Outstanding Cadet during the annual military inspection in August and received a medal. Swatzell scored an “excellent” on his physical fitness test and was involved in the canned food drive and Wreaths Across America.
October: Josie Roten and Miguel Dominguez
Roten: Joined the orienteering team and took second place at the Duck Island and Rocky Top orienteering meets, proving her commitment to the team. Roten has completed color guards and participated in the canned food drive and Wreaths Across America project.
Dominguez: Selected Outstanding Cadet during the annual military inspection in August and received a medal. He has a great attitude and is very active in Wreaths Across America.
November: Christina Paden and Daniel Chacon
Paden: Has been very active in community service projects. She was a huge supporter in the canned food drive and also participated in the Wreaths Across America project.
Chacon: Joined the orienteering team and took second place at the Rocky Top orienteering meet. He was active in the canned food drive and was awarded two personal appearance ribbons for outstanding on his uniform grade.
December: Jessica Rawlings and Travis Baxley
Rawlings: Has proven herself to be very athletic. She joined the orienteering team, taking second place at both the Duck Island and Rocky Top orienteering meets. She also participated in the canned food drive.
Baxley: He is very active in NJROTC and the yearbook staff. He competed in the Dobyns-Bennett drill meet, earned his physical fitness ribbon and was active in the canned food drive. Baxley is also an active member of the colors detail and has already completed several color guards.
Cherokee Senior Naval Instructor Clyde Shumate noted that each Cadet of the Month received a questionnaire asking about plans and goals for themselves and goals for the unit.
“By far the most common goal of the cadets was for their unit to earn the Distinguished Unit award again this year,” Shumate said. “Cherokee NJROTC has earned the Distinguished Unit with Academic honors for 11 straight years. Each of the Cadets of the Month said that they were related to or knew someone who had served in the military. Almost all said that they plan to join a branch of service after high school or college.”
Story courtesy of Cadet Lt. Emily Harris