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Marion High School JROTC announces Cadet of the Quarter

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October 16, 2018
Marion High School JROTC recently completed a promotion board for cadets seeking to advance in the ranks to either sergeant or staff sergeant. At the conclusion, senior Anyssa Shultz was recognized as the best cadet to appear before the board.
“I was shocked!” said Shultz after being informed she had performed the best from among the 11 cadets to appear before the promotion board. “I really crammed for the board. I studied everything I could find in the cadet reference.”
The promotion boards are led by the senior ranking cadet non-commissioned officers. Each cadet is quizzed on their knowledge of JROTC subjects and their ability to maintain their military bearing (composure). The subject matter for the board covers physical fitness training, military drill and ceremony, uniform wear and appearance, along with other general information.
JROTC is a leadership development course, and cadets are expected to seek advancement through the rank structure. Passing the sergeants and staff sergeants board is a big hurdle for cadets seeking to advance.
 “Attending a board can be very intimidating for a cadet,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Army instructor for MHS JROTC. “These boards are a great way for cadets to learn to perform under pressure similar to what they might experience in a job interview. Many cadets gain self-confidence after the successful completion of a board.”
Shultz stood out in that process, he said.
“I was very impressed with Cadet Shultz’s poise and knowledge of the subject matter,” said Smith, who supervises the cadets conducting and attending the promotion board. “It really showed that she had studied and practiced in preparation to attend the board.”
The JROTC Department conducts a promotion board two to three times each semester. This year the cadet leadership decided it would be beneficial to recognize the best cadet to attend each board. The Cadet of the Quarter has their photo on display, so all will know of the honor they have received.
Cadet Shultz is the first to receive such recognition.
Lt. Col. David Farlow
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