Natchitoches Central JROTC cadets attend summer camp

From left are Shantiana Mathes, Ga’lecia Bell, Shakeria Metoyer, Promise Marston, Alana Marston, Alaya Ragas, Ja’Claire Queen, Tanner Sims, Byron Middleton, William Watley, David Lupton, Michael Wilson, Brenden Cooper and Brendon Dennis.

By Cadet 1st Lt. Miriam McDaniel, Public Affairs Officer

Fourteen cadets from NCHS JROTC Chiefs Battalion attended the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) June 3-8 at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. Attending were 300 cadets from 28 schools throughout Louisiana.

The objectives of JCLC are to provide a safe, healthy and fun training environment that is both physically and mentally challenging and to provide hands-on training designed to develop leadership, discipline, teamwork and self-confidence.

The cadets completed training in rappelling, orienteering, obstacle course, swimming/drown-proofing and first-aid which also included becoming CPR certified. The cadets also visited the museum and participated in various team building activities and drill competition. There was also a trip to visit Northwestern State University’s ROTC Program where the cadets received a campus tour and participated in some physical fitness training.

School year 2019-20 NCHS JROTC Battalion Commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Ja’Claire Queen.

The Recruiting Officer, Randy McDowell, provided an overview of the Demon Battalion’s Program and scholarship information. Most notably, of the 300 plus cadets at JCLC, NCHS had two cadets represent their platoons in the Cadet of the JCLC Board. Cadets Ja’Claire Queen and Tanner Sims competed against seven other cadets.

Although not selected, they received plaques recognizing them as the best cadets in their platoons. All cadets received a certificate, platoon picture and four Arc Pins to wear on their uniforms.