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MHS JROTC now open to students throughout county

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is happy to announce an exciting new opportunity: The Marion High School JROTC program is now open to anyone of high school age in Grant County.

MHS JROTC cadets stand at ease during the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, planned and put on each year by the cadets.

JROTC is a leadership program designed to motivate young people to become better citizens. Studies show that JROTC helps students get better grades, be more active in school, and perform better on tests, and it decreases disciplinary problems.

Though JROTC is a military-regulated program, participation does not require future plans for military service. Cadets who do choose a military career can get important benefits from their JROTC participation, but the JROTC program offers important lessons that can benefit cadets in all areas of life, including self-discipline, teamwork, leadership skills, and more.

The MHS JROTC also offers co-curricular activities including several award-winning competitive teams: Drill, Color Guard, Raiders, Marksman, Academic Bowl, and Leadership Bowl.

MHS JROTC cadets work together to conquer an obstacle during the MHS 2015 Raider Challenge competition.

We have seen the positive effects this program has had on our own students over the past several years, and now, with programming for all four high school grades in place, we are happy to be able to open the door to students throughout the county, whether they are enrolled at a local high school, or homeschooled.

Students must arrange their own transportation to and from MHS, but there will be no cost to the student to enroll in the program. Marion Community Schools will work directly with sending schools and the state to claim appropriate funding for the programming provided.

Anyone interested in becoming a cadet in the JROTC program will need to work with the guidance department here at MHS and at their home high school to arrange their schedule appropriately. The JROTC class open to county students will most likely be held during the seventh class period of the day here at MHS, meaning the class would start just after 3 p.m.

The MHS JROTC color guard presents the flags during the end-of-the-year Formal Banquet.

Please contact Kent Cocking, head of guidance at MHS, at kcocking@marion.k12.in.us or 664-9051, to make scheduling arrangements. (Please note that the guidance office does close for several weeks in the summer.)

More information on the MHS JROTC program is available at the MHS website. You can also contact Lt. Col. David Farlow, JROTC senior Army instructor, at 664-9051, ext. 2455, or dfarlow@marion.k12.in.us.