Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) had their semester awards night Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Awards night takes place twice a year, once at the end of each semester, to acknowledge what they have accomplished and to do the Change-of-Command.
The night started with a twenty minute speech presented by Corps Commander, Jessica Lerille. One of the highlights included the announcement that the Cadet Corps has already performed over 2,000 community service hours.
Ashton Thayer said, “It is quite a challenge to track over 2,000 hours for over 150 cadets, but with a little perseverance we did it.”
Jessica also talked about JROTC’s cluster of events that took place homecoming week and how smoothly everything went. The drill team won multiple trophies homecoming weekend and participated in the homecoming parade and pep rally.
At Awards Night, the newer cadets were awarded ribbons that they will wear on their uniforms for things such as service, outstanding class, and other team awards. Lieutenant Colonel Landfair, the Senior JROTC Instructor, gave special leadership awards to Zach Christiansen, Eden Eckland, Grace Overholtz, and Will Farris to name a few.
A new plaque was made to honor the members of Silver Eagles and two new members were selected and awarded that night. Silver Eagles is extremely hard to get into and several past members were removed from the plaque because they did not continue to hold up to the standards of a Silver Eagle.
The ceremonies ended with the change of command. Jessica Lerille: Corps Commander and Austin Sullivan: Deputy Corps Commander, changed command, which is a short ceremony where the current Corps Commander passes the responsibilities of command on to the new Cadet Corps Commander, Austin Sullivan.
Grace Overholtz helped organize the event. She said, “The hardest part was getting over 300 awards organized and printing all of the certificates.”
At the end of the year there will be another awards night to acknowledge everything that was accomplished throughout the year and to change commands for the next year’s Corps Commander.