The Elkin High School JROTC program scored top honors as one of the best programs in 4th Brigade. On April 13, the Fourth Brigade HQ’s out of Fort Bragg inspected the Elkin HS JROTC Battalion.
The program scored an overall 97 percent and distinguished them as an “Honor Unit with Distinction.” The 4th Brigade is made up of thousands of JROTC programs throughout five southern states. Elkin High School JROTC scored in the top sixth percentile of all high schools.
Maj. Roy Ferguson the senior Army instructor at EHS said after the inspection, “We knew we had a great program but it is nice when our higher headquarters validates and awards our unit as one of the very best and puts us in the top 10 percent. We have everything in place to maintain our excellence; including 1st Sgt. [Kenneth] Abrams, our Army instructor, great cadets and a terrific school that supports what we do every day.”
The inspectors were at the school all day and evaluated six areas. The beginning of the day, the Color Guard team consisting of Kylie Thomas, Andrea Payne, Karla Romero and Beth Coe and drill team were graded on their uniform appearance, knowledge of general questions and precision of drill maneuvers.
Mr. Ross and Mr. Dawson from Fort Bragg were then escorted to the JROTC classroom where they received two briefings from the cadets. The briefings together lasted 90 minutes. The first briefing that was conducted by the cadet staff was their Continuous Improvement Plan. This was the battalion’s fundraising plan for next school year. The staff consists of the Commander Grant Lloyd, Executive Officer Laken Lloyd, adjutant Giuliana Pallotti, security officer Shania Casstevens, training officer Matthew Waddell, supply officer Karla Romero and public relations officer Dulce Rodriguez.
The second briefing the cadets presented to the inspection team was their JROTC community service event they do each semester of hosting the Red Cross blood drive. The briefers included Missy Fuentes, Sam Booher and Kalie Cook. The final area looked at was the academics and cadets’ knowledge of the curriculum. The following cadets were chosen — Jordan Martin, Tanner Sturdivant, Andrea Payne, Facundo Pallotti, Sam Booher, Kyley Cook, Max Dumas, Kylie Thomas, Dulce Rodriguez and Shania Casstevens. The cadets were asked to look at their notebooks and portfolios of class work. They were graded on the work which had been completed and their mastery of the subjects.
Ferguson said, “Depending on the grade level of the cadets, they are trained on a variety of subjects to include first aid, communication skills including writing and verbal communicate skills, map reading, leadership, resume writing and job interview techniques, financial management, drug and alcohol awareness, military custom and traditions and many more life application skills. First Sergeant and I were very pleased that our cadets scored 100 percent on curriculum knowledge. Many people think cadets in JROTC just march and do physical training which we do; however our curriculum is the heart of JROTC.”