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Cherokee NJROTC's Whitt named to Regional All-Star Leadership Team

STAFF REPORT • Aug 24, 2018 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Cherokee High School NJROTC Cadet Commander Heather Whitt was named Thursday as a member of the JROTC Appalachian Regional All-Star Leadership Team, a selection akin to that of an all-conference athlete.

Cherokee senior naval sciences instructor Clyde Shumate noted that Whitt earned the honor through her leadership, hard work and volunteerism.

She was handpicked to serve as a cadet cadre instructor at the 2018 NJROTC Area Nine leadership academy held in Smyrna last June. She was instrumental in the training and leadership development of 190 cadets from 13 Area Nine high schools and four states.

At Cherokee, Whitt has completed 287 hours of community service through her NJROTC unit, and she stands ready and willing to help out in the community when needed.

Whitt’s service was vital in Cherokee NJROTC’s accumulation of 11,131 hours of people-oriented, environmentally oriented and school support activities in the 2017-2018 school year.

Shumate noted that Whitt has proven herself an invaluable leader of the school’s NJROTC program.

“She completes her duties with distinction, all while upholding the U.S. Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment,” Shumate said. “Cherokee NJROTC puts a strong emphasis on leadership development and individual leadership potential through positions within the unit. Cadet Heather Whitt, a fourth-year cadet, is a great example of a cadet rising through the ranks and chain of command to assume command leadership. She was selected ahead of several peers for the commanding officer position in May 2018 after serving as the color guard commander, drill team commander and several assistant leadership roles in prior years.”

Shumate added, “The established goals of Cherokee’s NJROTC program lend themselves to character development. Through the program, cadets like Heather Whitt emerge as leaders and learn the value of patriotism, love of country, respect for the flag and pride in the American way of life.”

After high school graduation, Whitt plans on serving her country in the Navy.

She has begun the application process through the University of Memphis ROTC program. After successful competition of the program, Whitt will be commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy.

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