Gadsden City Cadets attend JCLC summer camp


Fourteen cadets from Gadsden City High School attended JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) Summer Camp at Fort McClellan in early June. The cadets trained with 264 other JROTC Cadets from schools primarily in central and north Alabama. Gadsden City High School summer camp participants for this year were Jeremy Brewster, ZieTeria Calhoun, Jaylen Collymore, Jon DeLarosa, Kamerson East, Maggie Francisco, Marilyn Jones, Maryangela Lopez, Matthew Mangun, Thomas Nalley, Timothy Scott, Alexander Shepard-Poser, Jasmine Sims and NaKayla Watson.

This year, Gadsden City High School had a first-time participant at camp. Gadsden City school nurse Kristi Matlock took her expertise to Fort McClellan as the camp nurse, where she provided medical treatment and support during the three-day camp. Also, Woods Transportation Company provided a bus in support of the camp’s transportation needs, which transported cadets safely to and from various training sites.

Highlights of the week included the Leadership Reaction Course and Confidence Course. The camp terminated with an O’ dark thirty Physical Training (PT) Test before sending the cadets on their way. 

According to their instructor LTC Wayne Davenport, all cadets were thoroughly challenged in a variety of company-level leadership positions, organized sports and adventure training activities throughout the week. 

According to Cadet CPT Kameron East, every cadet had a great time and learned a lot about themselves and others, while interacting with cadets from schools primarily from central and north Alabama to include Air Force Cadets. 

The JROTC Cadet leadership Challenge (JCLC) course gives cadets the opportunity to excel in developing and employing sound leadership skills while working as one cohesive team. 

Recognition in sports were Jeremy Brewster, first place in Frisbee Football, and Maggie Francisco, Maryangela Lopez, Alexander Shepard-Posey and Jasmine Sims, first place in soccer. Timothy Scott received the JSU Gamecock Coin of Excellence for most flutter kicks.

In addition to the individual recognitions, each cadet will receive a Training Certificate, Summer Camp Ribbon, Shoulder Cords, plus two distinctive company tee shirts, which identify the cadet’s assigned company.

Information and photos were provided by SFC (Ret) Joel McCoy at 256-543-4236. 

Thanks to all in the community for your continued support of the JROTC Program!

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