Sgt. Connor Samuel (left) with his JROTC students before they boarded the bus and attended Camp at Fort A.P. Hill. The cadets who had the privilege to partake in the week-long event (pictured in no particular order) were Abigail Bartlett, Steven Barrett, Kenneth Blake, Wyatt English, Tinia Gray, Jordan Hoover, Matthew Karvetski, Oscar Lopez-Torres, Jared O’Connell, Marquel Reed, Casey Roane, Marisol Rodriquez, Triston Sebra, Jordyn Stanley, Jay Vargas, Rayshawn Veney, China Watt and Shane Wilson.
Select JROTC students left Rappahannock High School by bus on Friday to take advantage of a unique opportunity.
The first year of the JROTC program at RHS culminated with a week-long summer camp at Fort A.P. Hill near Bowling Green, where local cadets completed exercises and learned teamwork, leadership and how to be respectful alongside their 700-plus peers from various locations.
“Watch the change when they come back,” Sgt. Connor Samuel, Retired Army JROTC Instructor, told parents outside the high school as their children prepared to leave for camp. “They’re going to evaluate things better.”
The Junior Reserve of the Corps program, implemented for the first time at RHS this past school year, has been well-received by students and parents alike. The program’s intent is to not only teach discipline to students, but also to prepare them for future career opportunities.
Prior to the students heading out, Samuel emphasized that no fighting would take place at camp, and that students would be with everyone else besides their RHS peers to meet new people. Students engaged in activities ranging from repelling, taking on an obstacle course and rock climbing to leadership reaction courses, land navigation, map reading and academic challenge.