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Students attend leadership camp

While many high school students enjoy the break from the school year, 10 students from Buckingham County High School and seven students from Cumberland County High School participated in one of the nation’s premier leadership training camps.

According to a press release, the camp called JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) Eagle is located on the Virginia National Guard’s State Military Reservation, Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach.

“The mission of the camp is: ‘To motivate young people to be better citizens’ and the staff of the camp does all that it can to challenge these future leaders,” officials said in the release. “The students who graduated this year’s camp from Cumberland County were Jacob Glasco, Hannah Swain, Mason Cavnar, Samantha Riner, Jason Long, Logan Brown and Alyssa Yonce.”

The graduates from Buckingham County were Dalton Stuple, Philip Newton, Ian Martin, Michael Graham, Alyssa Gentry, Jaycee Call, Daquan Tindall, Tyler Moore, Joshua Meek and Alyssa True.

The release cited that Alyssa Yonce from Cumberland County High School was awarded top female for the one mile run with a time of 6:18. Daquan Tindall from Buckingham County High School placed first place overall for leading his platoon at Drill and Ceremonies out of six platoons.

“Tyler Moore from Buckingham County High School was awarded top male for the one mile run with a time of 5:58. Alyssa True from Buckingham County High School was awarded overall top Cadet for JCLC Eagle 2017 out of over 260 Cadets from Virginia and North Carolina,” officials said in the release.

According to the release the six-day camp combines hands-on leadership training as the students participate in a series of activities ranging from orienteering to rappelling to obstacles courses to survival skills to Academic Bowl, where students are challenged with competitive academic panels to determine top honors.

“Every day presents challenges to the students as they rotate through leadership roles as they plan and organize each day’s activities,” officials said in the release. “The week of activities culminates in a field day where each student group competes for camp honors in athletic and organizational events that test both physical and mental and collaborative skills.”

The release cited the camp is sponsored by the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and conducted by staff drawn from 28 high schools in the South and Central Virginia Area and North Carolina. This year Buckingham County High School sent retired Lt. Col. Timothy Fanter and retired Sergeant First Class Bruce Grazier and from Cumberland County High School, retired Lt. Col. William Carter and retired Sergeant Major Dwayne Tigs.