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Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructors selected Cadets from more than 10 schools around the region as the All-Star Leadership Team. Cadets were recognized in a Joint Service JROTC Ceremony during the Johnson City Cardinals game on August 26, 2015. Since no JROTC conference exists, this regional recognition is equivalent to All-Conference recognition in high school sports.

Cadet Commander Emily Rhoton, the Cadet Commanding Officer at Volunteer High School was selected as a member of the All-Star Leadership Team.

Cadet Rhoton is a senior at Volunteer High School and in her fourth year of Navy JROTC. This summer she served as the Commanding Officer of a 13-school High Adventure Camp and Executive Officer of 24-school  Leadership Academy/Basic Leadership Training.  She is a graduate of both Leadership Academy and the prestigious CO/XO School. She is the Team Captain for Drill and Color Guard and was the Team Captain of Orienteering her Junior year. Despite her high level of activity with NJROTC and working a part-time job, Emily has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. Emily has over 160 hours of community service and is the recipient of JROTC Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, The Retired Enlisted Association, and American Veterans. Emily is pursuing a Navy ROTC (Marine Option) Scholarship to attend the Citadel upon graduation with plans to fly for the Marine Corps. She is also enlisting in the Marine Corps as a contingency plan.

Volunteer High School Principal, Mr Bobby Wines, formally presented her certificate in classroom ceremony on Wednesday Sept 2, 2015. 

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 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 chose to enlist.

Attached photos: 

1st Photo

-- 2015 Appalachian Region All Star Leadership Team --

From left to right: Tashina Roberts (Daniel Boone HS), Dennis Smith (Greeneville HS), Caitlin Holley (Unicoi County HS), Braden Trent (Science Hill HS), Emily Rhoton (Volunteer HS), Shelby Johnson (Cherokee HS), Nina Gampe (David Crockett HS), Hali Terry (Tennessee HS), Elisabeth Lambert (Dobyns-Bennett HS) and Conor Clare (Sullivan South HS).

Not in the photo is Tristan Quillin (Sullivan North HS)

2nd Photo

Emily Rhoton and Mr Bobby Wines (Principal VHS)


Steven D. Bickford, MEd
Major USMC (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Volunteer High School
1050 Volunteer Street

Church Hill, TN 37642

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