Area JROTC Programs Soar With Accomplishments

Independence JROTC in Memorial Day Ceremony at Korea War Memorial in Mint Hill.
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MINT HILL, NC – In our local area, two JROTC programs have made substantial gains this school year even under very difficult circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Butler receives Gold Cup Award.

The Army JROTC Cadets at Butler High School received the highest CMS JROTC Award by winning their 5th straight Top Superintendent’s Cup “Gold Award.” This includes three areas of achievement based on an entire year’s performance. First is competitions, then overall performance, and finally character.

At Butler, the JROTC had a 100% graduation rate. All graduating seniors will be attending institutions of higher learning after graduation. Approximately 5.1 million in scholarships was offered to 17 graduating seniors. The cadets were involved in learning projects such as COVID Mask Development, Green House Project, and a clothing drive as well as school collaboration and mentorship programs in reading, community, and school support activities, and book study competition, including academic and leadership competition.

Opening Night at MHAA.
Opening Night at MHAA.

Meanwhile, the Independence High School Air Force JROTC program competed very strongly with the their local rival.  They are considered among the top programs in CMS and growing in numbers and participation.

The cadets have been involved in certain competitions, have launched a book study program, community service programs for reading, school collaboration with mentorship, leadership, and reading programs to assist students. During COVID it has been challenging; however, these youngsters keep moving forward with their academics, drilling when possible, and providing community service in various capacities.

POW/MIA Ceremony on Memorial Day in Mint Hill.
POW/MIA Ceremony on Memorial Day in Mint Hill.

Most recently the Air Force JROTC cadets participated in the Memorial Day Service at Veterans Memorial Park in Mint Hill, and at the American Legion Lady Fastpitch Softball opening day ceremony with their sharp and crisp color guard presenting the colors of our country during the national anthem. They also participated in the Wreath Laying ceremony done at the Korea War Memorial in Mint Hill.

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