JROTC – Leaders in Our Community

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” -John F. Kennedy

These words from our former president echo the interactions that took place at Junction City High School last week on January 10, 2018. The JROTC students at the high school spent their evening teaching a group of Girl Scouts from Service Unit 706 (Geary County), the basics of performing color guard and flag etiquette. The event coordinator for Service Unit 706, Cathy Stage, contacted LTC Richard R. Hodgson, Senior Army Instructor for the JCHS JROTC program, and asked if his students would be willing to teach the girls the proper way to present the national colors for an event they will be having on February 3, 2018 called, “Girl Scouts World Thinking Day”.

“Our JROTC program is all about leadership and the cadets were grateful to have this opportunity to lead in their community.” -LTC Hodgson, Senior Army Instuctor, JCHS JROTC

Among the Girl Scouts learning the new skills were Troops 1641, 644, and 682. The girls did a fantastic job and seemed to learn very quickly. It was a joy to witness these two generations of future leaders learning from each other.

“The JROTC cadets made learning how to present the flags fun and easy. I was glad to finally meet the JCHS JROTC team. Today was very informative!” -Ha’ani Ishmael, Seventh Grade at FRMS, Girl Scouts Troop 1641.

The cadets were also thrilled to help their fellow community members and took pride in teaching them how to represent our country and state.

“It makes me proud to show what our program has been able to achieve and to be able to get more involved with the community.” -Ronni Prather, Junior at JCHS, JROTC Cadet

There was even a cadet present at the training who had been a part of the Girl Scouts since she was in preschool.

“Girl Scouts has taught me so many skills that helped me excel in JROTC. It is awesome to combine the skills I have learned from them and JROTC to help me have a better grasp on the world today. It brings me joy to be able to teach these younger Girl Scouts as a cadet now.” -Aleasa Shaver, Junior at JCHS, JROTC Cadet

Color guard and the presenting of the national colors is a service that the JCHS JROTC provides for many events throughout USD 475 and Geary County. On behalf of USD 475, we would like to thank the JCHS JROTC program for their leadership in our schools and community.

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