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JPS Salutes 100 Cadets at 2014 Military Gala

posted Jan 26, 2015, 6:00 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 6:00 PM ]

JPS high school JROTC cadets dressed in their best formal attire for the Annual Military Gala held in December.
Program guests included Gerald E. Harmon, MD, and Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray
(From left) Dr. William Merritt, CAO; Dr. Lorene Essex, Dep. Supt.; JPS Supt. Dr. Cedrick Gray; Dr. Josephine Kelly, CAO; and Dr. Michelle King, CAO

Over 900 cadets, instructors, parents, school administrators and other invited guests converged at the Jackson Convention Complex Friday, December 19, 2014, for the 3rd Annual JPS JROTC Annual Consolidated Military Gala.

The guest speaker for the event was Gerald E. Harmon, MD, a family medicine specialist for more than 25 years in coastal South Carolina. Dr. Harmon has served over 34 years in the Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force, and he recently retired with the rank of Major General.​

In addition, Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray was a featured speaker at the event and provided musical entertainment.

"We're very proud of the efforts made by our instructors, school administrators and cadets from all our high schools over the several months leading up to this event, as they demonstrated the highest levels of teamwork and cooperation to ensure a successful Gala," said JPS JROTC Director Colonel (Ret.) Paul Willis. "We're extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we continue receiving from our parents, school officials, former cadets and many others in our community."

According to Colonel Willis, the JROTC program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school. Included in his remarks were some outstanding outcomes for graduating cadets.

"The average annual graduation rate for JPS JROTC cadets is 95 percent. The percentage of JPS JROTC graduates who are formally accepted to post high school institutions of higher learning has steadily increased each year, reaching 99.1 percent last year. Our goal is to attain and sustain a 100 percent acceptance rate for our graduates," stated Col. Willis.

Additionally, the graduating cadets earn an average of $3 million in scholarship offers annually.

JROTC Cadets Learn about Military Career Opportunities at the Annual Jamboree

posted Nov 19, 2014, 5:24 PM by Unknown user

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 More than 300 JPS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets were joined by cadets from Warren Central and Pearl high schools on Thursday, October 30, 2014, for the Seventh Annual JPS JROTC Service Academy Jamboree, at Forest Hill High School.

This annual event gives cadets an opportunity to explore the educational and career opportunities available at U.S. Military Academies, Senior Military Academies, and junior colleges and universities in the state of Mississippi with Senior ROTC programs.

Guest speaker Congressman Bennie Thompson told the JROTC cadets, "Part of my story when I return to Washington next week is I met the best and the brightest, so I am confident that America has the best crop of leaders right here in the Magnolia State. We are depending on your success because when you succeed this great country of ours succeeds."

Representatives from U.S. Military Academies and Senior ROTC programs at universities were on hand to inform cadets of available scholarships and career opportunities. The institutions in attendance included:

  • U.S. Military Academy (West Point) 
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Alcorn State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Marion Military Institute
  • Mississippi State University
  • The Citadel
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern Mississippi        

The JROTC program is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. Its focus is reflected in its mission statement, "to motivate young people to be better citizens." It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.

JPS JROTC Cadets Attend National Flight Academy

posted Sep 15, 2014, 8:21 AM by Unknown user



JROTC NFA Participants

Participating in the NFA program were (standing, from left) Jaquan Walker, Jim Hill; Vivian Sandifer, Murrah; Chelsea Dortch, Murrah; Haley Rucker, Murrah; Marquez Wilkerson, Wingfield; Aya Johnson, Jim Hill; Meshanna Marzette, Jim Hill; Mya Brown, Jim Hill; and Allen Cooper, Wingfield; (sitting, from left) Estrella Bucio, Jim Hill; Te'Ravius Wiley, Wingfield; Nwaynah Littleton, Jim Hill; Raquan Young, Wingfield; and Denisse Bucio, Jim Hill.

A group of 14 JPS JROTC cadets successfully completed the National Flight Academy's AIR Ambition program conducted at the Pensacola (Florida) Naval Air Station from May 25 through May 30, 2014.

The National Flight Academy (NFA) is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy's mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their original schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Disciplines include aerodynamics, propulsion, navigation, communications, flight physiology and meteorology, along with core values, teamwork, and leadership skills development.

The cadets successfully met challenges in mathematics related to navigation and flight planning. They also applied principals of physics and aeronautical engineering to manage aircraft simulators in performing difficult tasks. The cadets exercised communication, collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to plan, control and execute highly complex missions under stressful conditions.

Cadet Allen Cooper, a rising senior at Wingfield High School, elaborated on his experience at the National Flight Academy.

"I learned a lot about aviation such as movements and terminology. I got the chance to fly a simulator of an experimental jet. It was very exciting learning to control the jet."

Col. (Ret.) Paul Willis, Director, JPS JROTC, was very proud of these cadets and their accomplishments.

"To my knowledge, these are the first JPS JROTC cadets to attend this course and we certainly intend to provide this opportunity to more cadets in the future," said Col. Willis. "This is part of our continuing effort to expose our cadets to meaningful experiences, which enhance their personal development and academic skills."

The course costs $1,250.00 per student, however, students could apply for scholarships. All JPS JROTC cadets attending the course in 2014 applied for and received scholarships to cover the full cost of the course. 

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