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Volunteer Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

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I am pleased to announce the following selections from Volunteer Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC);

Chase Donovan Lane – Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), North Carolina State University

Chase Donovan Lane was selected for a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship to attend North Carolina State University with the intention of attaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering.  Chase is a four-year member of the Volunteer Navy JROTC. Chase most recently served as the Cadet Battalion Administrative Officer. He has previously served as the Cadet Battalion Administrative Chief Petty Officer and Cadet Administrative Clerk. He has actively participated in the Drill Team, Color Guard, Academic Team, and Athletic Team during his time at Volunteer High School. He has maintained a high GPA while taking challenging Honors and Dual Enrollment classes. He will be graduating with NJROTC Honors and Armed Forces Services Honors. His awards include: Order of Daedallion Medal, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, Association of the US Navy Award, and the Noncommissioned Officers Association JROTC Award.

Emily Michelle Rhoton – Naval Academy Preparatory School

Emily Michelle Rhoton was selected to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island for the 2016-17 school year with induction into the prestigious US Naval Academy in the fall of 2017 with the class of 2021. Emily is a four-year member of the Volunteer Navy JROTC. Emily  most recently served as the Cadet Battalion Commander. She has previously served as the Cadet Command Master Chief Petty Officer and class assistant. She has actively participated in the Drill Team, Color Guard, Orienteering Team, Academic Team, and Athletic Team during her time at Volunteer High School.  She had been the Team Captain for Orienteering, Color Guard, and Drill.  In addition to her duties with the unit, she served as the Cadet Camp Commander for the High Adventure Camp/Basic Leadership Training in 2015 and the Cadet Executive Officer for East Tennessee Leadership Academy/Basic Leadership Training in 2015. Emily has maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking challenging Dual Enrollment, Honors and Advanced Placement classes and while working part-time to help support her family.   She will be graduating with NJROTC Honors and Armed Forces Services Honors. Her awards include: Ladley Family Naval Aviation – Cadet of the Year, Military Order of the Purple Heart JROTC Award, Virginia Tech NROTC Cadet of the Year, VHS Principal’s Award, and Appalachian Region JROTC All-Star Leadership Team.

Both of these Cadets have been instrumental in the success of the Volunteer Navy JROTC and in the selection as the Most Outstanding Unit in Area Nine.

The mission of Navy JROTC is to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Trips to military bases and universities around the region help accomplish this mission by showing cadets the opportunities that await upon completion of high school. Cadets receive academic credit for their enrollment in JROTC while earning community service hours, participating in extracurricular activities, and developing leadership attributes. Cadets have no military obligation for participating in JROTC, but they can receive promotion in the armed forces should they choose to enlist.

Steven D. Bickford, MEd
Major USMC (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Volunteer High School

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