Selma JROTC cadets attend summer camps

Published 12:47 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2017

By MAYA SALONE | The Selma Times-Journal

Selma High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets had the opportunity to participate in two camps this summer.

They attended Summer Leadership Schools at Fort McClellan in Anniston May 29- June 2 sponsored by the Alabama National Guard.

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Another group of cadets attended the JROTC Aviation Challenge Cadet Leadership School June 6-10 at the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

The cadets at both camps captured numerous leadership and performance awards.

“It was interesting. I’ve never been to one before but it showed me a lot about how the military operates, and it showed me what to expect when I join the Air Force,” sophomore Dondi West said.

Selma High School Air Force JROTC cadets attending camp at Fort McClellan in Anniston from May 29-June 2 were from left Dondi West, Davis Askew, Harry Tubbs, Tequrrionna Webster, Caleb Gilford and Peter Smith, Selma High aerospace science instructor.

Fort McClellan played host to more than 500 cadets representing all military services from JROTC units from across the state.

“We were all mixed up. The kids were all scrambled, and I met children from all over Alabama. I keep in contact with them. They are really cool and I shared a great experience with them,” West said.

The goals of the camp were enhancing leadership skills, developing discipline techniques through physical and mental challenges and inspiring academic excellence.

Selma High School cadets attending Fort McClellan were Davis Askew, Caleb Gilford, Harry Tubbs, Tequrrionna Webster and Dondi West. All of these cadets received various individual and group awards for military drill, physical fitness and motivation.

The cadets attending the Aviation Challenge distinguished themselves also by capturing top camp awards in the areas of leadership, while meeting challenges in aviation and space technology and improving team building, decision making, and survival skills.

Cadet Jeffery Edwards (pictured right) received one of the camp’s top awards, the Soaring Eagle Outstanding Leader Award. Other cadets attending Aviation Challenge 2017 were Brittany Johnson, Ka’nesha McGraw, Jalen Norwood and Artavius Rhodes.