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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.