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Cherokee NJROTC cadets accepted to prestigious training programs

STAFF REPORT • Apr 4, 2019 at 7:30 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Cherokee High School NJROTC recently announced that three of its members have been awarded prestigious scholarships, including Cadet Commanding Officer Heather Whitt, who will be attending the University of Memphis next year.

Cherokee NJROTC senior naval sciences instructor Clyde Shumate announced earlier this month that Whitt had been selected for the University of Memphis Naval ROTC Presidential Preparatory Scholarship, which provides economically and/or academically disadvantaged applicants with a unique opportunity to earn a commission in the United States Navy.

The scholarship provides an extra year of academics and military orientation focused on preparing students for NROTC success.

This is the first year this scholarship has been offered at the University of Memphis and is designed to be seamlessly aligned for transition into the four-year Naval ROTC scholarship after successful competition of the first year.

Only 10 cadets nationally were selected and five alternates named.

Whitt is the only cadet in NJROTC Area Nine to be selected.

Two Cherokee NJROTC rising seniors will also be receiving additional instruction, albeit as part of the week-long 2019 Naval Academy Summer Seminar.

Lt. Jewel MacGregor and Senior Chief Kendall Chamberlain were selected to participate in Session II of the program on June 8-13.

Shumate noted that the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program has a proud tradition with a strong academic focus and is offered exclusively to young men and women who have just completed their junior year of high school.

The program is known to be very competitive. It accepts only 850 students in each of three summer sessions, for a total of 2,550 total nationwide.

Participants will attend academic workshops in the following topics: Information Technology; Naval Architecture; Mechanical Engineering; Ocean Engineering; Aerospace Flight Testing; Systems Engineering; Microcomputer Design; Seamanship and Navigation; Yard Patrol Craft (YP) Cruise; Ethics and Character Development; Oceanography; Mathematics; History; Meteorology; Literature; Chemistry; Political Science; Language Studies; Martial Arts; and Economics.

Some of the basic criteria established for appointees are:

* Unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support a child, children or other individual.

* Superior high school performance to include: GPA, class standing, and/or strong PSAT, SAT, or ACT results.

* Demonstrated achievement in athletics and extracurricular activities, especially demonstrating leadership potential in these areas.

* Physically fit and in good health with normal vision (20/40 or correctable to 20/20).

* Positive attitude, self-disciplined, and of good moral character.

MacGregor and Chamberlain will be very busy while at the Naval Academy. Their rigorous daily schedule for the program begins at 5:45 a.m. with 45 minutes of physical training.

From 7:30 a.m. to 12: 15 p.m., they will have morning academic workshops, followed by afternoon academic workshops from 1:45-4 p.m.

They will participate in sports and special events from 4-6 p.m.; with squad/company time and special events from 8-10:45 p.m.; and lights out at 11 p.m.

Shumate, Chief Gary Stidham and their fellow cadets expressed congratulations to Whitt, MacGregor, and Chamberlain for the hard work and leadership that led to their selection to these prestigious programs.

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