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East NJROTC Puts Best Foot Forward for Inspection

April 5, 2013 08:50 AM
Maywood, IL...It was a morning of formality, marching and living up to military standards for the Proviso East High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) on Thursday, March 7, in the school’s fieldhouse and NJROTC building.

Featuring dignitaries from across District 209 and the NJROTC program, the Proviso East unit demonstrated its ability to perform to standards. Platoons paraded in front of school and NJROTC leadership as part of the Pass in Review Ceremony. The NJROTC building was later inspected by area commanders before a luncheon.

"You put your best foot forward," Commander George Clifford, Area 3 NJROTC Manager, told the cadets at the ceremony.

In addition, 28 cadets received exemplary appearance ribbons from Commander Clifford. Cadet/Ensign Kathleen Rueda, an administrative officer with the Proviso East NJROTC Unit, told the crowd that the cadets receiving awards were examples of the unit’s continuing leadership and community service.

"Through the year, our cadets participate in a variety of leadership exercises, community events, social functions, and parades," she said. "While the entire cadet company serves as members of the student body, they also serve as outstanding contributors to the community as well as local organizations."

The following student cadets received exemplary personal appearance ribbons at the ceremony:
Sharda Burell
Lizabeth Chavez
Xavier Doyle
Diana Gomez
Kaybrianna Hunter
Amelia Jimenez
Destiny Johnson
Jeremy Johnson
Tasura Jones
Jamie Kelly
Alexa Kimble
Ingar Marroquin
Sade McClinton
Amanda Rayez
Valsco Rieves
Kathleen Rueda
Agustine Smith
Austin Murray
Vealsheta Steele
Taquan Towns
Diana Pena
Davonte Dunbar
Eddie Mezal
Jada Pickers
Julian Sanchez
Javaris Shell
Nicole Stokes
Mateo Williams
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that everyone connected with the school should be proud of the cadets.

"The students in the NJROTC are exemplary students who should be commended," she said. "They have shown that they have the discipline to succeed in a rigorous program and later in life. District 209’s NJROTC programs are among the finest in the region, and our student participation has always been strong. We are very proud of our model programs, and the opportunities that these programs provide for students."

Mr. Tony Valente, principal of Proviso East High School, said that he was proud of the students and their accomplishments.

"I appreciate the commander and Master Chief Petty Officer Patrick Falsey (the naval science instructor) for working so diligently with our kids."


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