School does an about-face after students learn to be leaders

Tevin Fisher, from left, and fellow cadets Marisol Rodriguez, Triston Sebra and Sgt. Samuel sat down to discuss how JROTC is changing the way Rappahannock students treat each other and their families.

Tevin Fisher, from left, and fellow cadets Marisol Rodriguez, Triston Sebra and Sgt. Samuel sat down to discuss how JROTC is changing the way Rappahannock students treat each other and their families.

It sounds like something from a movie daily fights, disregard for superiors and a complete lack of respect for each other.
While to many it may seem like a tale about prison life, until recently students at Rappahannock High School say that it was all part of a routine day until a program was introduced that has changed the school and the character of the students who attend it.
This weekIt sounds like something from a movie; daily fights, disregard for superiors and a complete lack of respect for each other.
While to many it may seem like a tale about prison life, until recently students at Rappahannock High School say that it was all part of a routine day until a program was introduced that has changed the school and the character of the students who attend it.
This week, three teens sat down to explain the radical transformation and the program that has changed their lives; the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).
According to its website, the  JROTC serves as a “character and leadership development program for our nation’s high school students.”
Students enrolled in JROTC are called “Cadets.” Nationally, there are approximately 314,000 Cadets enrolled in JROTC in 1,731 high schools, led by 4,000 retired Army Instructors.
The program was introduced this year at Rappahannock and already has more than 80 enrolled Cadets under the instruction of Sgt. Samuel, who is looked upon by many of his students as a “God-Send.”
High School senior Tevin Fisher said that enrolling in the JROTC has changed his life

 

-Read the full story in the January 8 edition of the Northern Neck News!

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:08 am