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JROTC students excelled at Fort Sill Leadership Challenge

Mustang JROTC Students were among 200 Army Junior ROTC cadets from 19 high schools across Oklahoma and Lubbock, Texas to participate in the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) June 4-9 at Ft. Sill in Lawton. Cadets participated in athletic competitions, team-work activities, negotiated a combat obstacle course, made their way through a land navigation course and rappelled down a 40-foot tower. Cadets also competed in a marching drill and Academic and Leadership board. 

Master Sergeant Jorge Moreira, one of three instructors of Mustang High Schools’ JROTC program, said the students did all of those activities while wearing Army combat uniforms, eating MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and living in Army barracks.

“The primary purpose of the JCLC Camp is to improve the student’s leadership ability by affording students an opportunity to apply the lessons learned in their formal leadership instruction, in an unknown environment with unfamiliar group of people. This camp allows the instructors to assess the student by measuring the degree to which certain leadership traits and behaviors are possessed by the students,” said Moreira. “This camp provides each student with a means of making a self-evaluation to determine more accurately his or her leadership abilities. Additionally, it provides students the opportunity to observe the effects of strengths and weaknesses of others during a team operation.”  

Bronco Battalion Cadet Alyssa Wissinger said the most challenging part of the camp was the Confidence Obstacle Course.

“That course is the same one used by Basic Combat Training Soldiers,” Wissinger said. “I worked out in preparation for this camp, but it was really hard. I struggled thinking that wouldn’t be able to meet the challenges on my own, but I did it. And I made some friends along the way.” 

Cadet Jacob Stephens loved the challenges and leadership.

“I learned that leadership is very rewarding when the mission is accomplished,” Stephens said. “The most challenging part of the camp was time management. We have to do so much at so fast of a pace, that by the end of the week we were physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted.  We did all of these activities with a limited amount of sleep.” 

Emma Dilbeck said she would do the camp again if given the chance.

“I enjoyed the physical challenges. I had fun at the obstacle course and at the rappelling tower,” she said. “I think that one of the most challenging activities of the camp was the Team Development Course. Every student seemed to have their own idea of how to solve the problems. It was a real challenge to convince each other to stick together, don't get aggravated, just stay calm and work it through as team, not as a group of individuals.”

At the completion of the camp, several Mustang High School students were selected and recognized by the camp leadership for their outstanding performance throughout all the events.  Emma Dilbeck was awarded the Most Outstanding Cadet of the Camp, the highest recognition given to any student during the week long challenge. She was also named the Most Outstanding Cadet of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, and the Most Outstanding Cadet of Bravo Company.  Chasity Music, was awarded the Most Outstanding Cadet of Alpha Company.  Bradley Brazel was awarded the Most Outstanding Cadet of 1st Platoon, Bravo Company and Alyssa Wissinger, the Most Outstanding Cadet of 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company. Wissinger was also named the Most Motivated Cadet of 3rd Platoon Bravo Company. Mia Salas was awarded the Most Motivated Cadet of 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company and Ethan Norvelle was named the Most Motivated Cadet of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company. 

“My goal is not to develop soldiers. My goal is to develop physically and mentally strong students who are confident in their physical and leadership abilities,” Moreira said. “I am very happy with the performance of Mustang JROTC students. Their performance is a reflection of what we do in the classroom and who we are as school.” 


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