The Warren County JROTC program is continuing its winning ways under the tutelage of LTC Bruce Gipson and 1SG Timothy Howard.
This summer, 11 Warren County High School JROTC cadets had the opportunity to attend the 2011 Leadership Challenge at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky.
WCHS cadet Nikki Allen took home first place in the female division on the physical fitness test beating out approximately 65 other young female cadets.
The camp is conducted over a four-day period with several cycles of cadets rotating through over a three-week period. The 11 cadets from WCHS selected to attend were Nikki Allen, Reilly Butler, Wesley Cleland, Koda Farr, Felicia Garcia, Christine Garrett, Tristin King, Shanice McCormick, Tierney Preston, Brandon Rutledge and Janie Smartt.
The WCHS cadets were part of E Company which had 130 cadets. The camp consists of several leadership and teamwork events. The events are the physical fitness test, obstacle course, confidence course, rappelling, land navigation, field leadership reaction course, and various water activities such as water survival, drown proofing and rafting.
These events are designed primarily for the cadets to have fun and build rapport with other JROTC cadets from other schools. They are also designed to encourage critical thinking skills along teaching the cadets how to work as members of a team.
The Leadership Challenge is provided at no cost to the cadets being fully funded by the United States Army which supports the JROTC mission of “Motivating Young People to Be Better Citizens.”