Cadets attend leadership challenge

Published 6:20 pm Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Thirteen cadets from Buckingham County High School JROTC participated in one of the nation’s premier leadership camps recently. The camp, named JCLC, or JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge, located on the Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center at Fort Pickett near Blackstone.

The mission of the camp is to motivate young people to be better citizens. The cadets selected to attend JCLC are challenged both physically and mentally. The cadets who achieved this milestone and graduated 2016 JCLC were Joshua Meek, Morgan and Rachael Pugh, Trenton Houser, Destiny Sutton, Nathan Farmer, Jaycee Call, Alyssa Gentry, Savannah Collier, John Vencil, Haley Whyant and Enoch Matthews. Past JROTC graduates that assisted were Ronnie Bagby, William Reaser and Felicia Londeree.

The six-day camp combines hands-on leadership training as the students participate in a series of activities ranging from orienteering to rappelling to an obstacle course to survival skills. Every day presents challenges to the students as they rotate through leadership roles as they plan and organize each day’s activities.

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The camp also included an Academic Bowl where students are challenged with competitive academic panels to determine top honors.

The week of activities culminated in a field day where each student platoon competed for camp honors in athletic and organizational events that test both physical and mental and collaborative skills.

The camp is sponsored by the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and conducted by staff drawn from 27 high schools from Virginia and North Carolina. Buckingham JROTC instructors who attended were Maj. James Morley, Senior Army Instructor (SAI), and Sgt. First Class Bruce Grazier, the Army Instructor (AI).

Special honors were presented to Cadet Destiny Sutton for being the top female out of 112 females in the mile run with a time of seven minutes and two seconds. Trenton Houser and Morgan Pugh received special recognition for their leadership skills displayed at camp.