The Proviso East High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) put its best foot forward at its annual inspection on Thursday, February 27.
The Proviso East unit demonstrated its ability to perform to standards as its 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, while 11 student cadets were recognized. They were the following:
In the review, Commander (Select) Mike Kerley and Commander Tom Lisowski, senior naval science instructor at Proviso East, inspected platoons standing at attention in the school’s field house. Commander (Select) Kerley, Navy outreach officer for the Midwest, told the gathered cadets and their families about being a native of Maywood and later attending Proviso East before moving on to Northern Illinois University and joining the Navy.
He encouraged the students to continue working hard.
"It’s not where you start, but it’s where you finish," he said. "As a kid in Maywood, I had a goal and I went for it. Hard work will get you recognized and what you want eventually."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said everyone should be proud of the cadets.
"The students in the NJROTC are exemplary students," he said. "They have shown that they have the discipline to succeed in a rigorous program and later in life. This program is among the finest in the region, and our student participation has always been strong. We are very proud of those students who continue to strive for excellence in this program."