On August 9th the Marine Corps JROTC completed productive summer!
Throughout the summer the JROTC Cadets attend various camps annually that helps to enhance their leadership skills and resume. The following are camps that were attended this year:
- June 9-15, 2013 - 15 cadets (Sara Hall, Brittany Venezia, Daniel Spiker, Ciera Thompson, Seth Clemens, Hayley Misiuda, Cody Smith, Billy Anskate, Jonalyn Gormley, Kurt Flagler, Coby Vigil, Luke Dennis, JonTony Lopez, Jake Ames, and Zoe Wokenfuss) attended the American Legion/State Police Youth Week Camp held at York College. The camp was a leadership based camp that educated the Cadets on the various career opportunities that exist within the the Law Enforcement community and focused on leadership development. During the week the cadets also took trips to Fort Indiantown Gap where they were instructed on Marksmanship Safety and got to shoot the M-1 Garrands and 9mm pistols and to the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.
- June 16-22, 2013 - Carrie Maderia, Dan Marcyjanik, Ben Fritzley, and Kaleb Martin volunteered their time and traveled to Orange Park, Florida with 1stSgt Curtis and to attend the Northeast Florida Camp Cadet. 1stSgt Curtis and four cadets attend this camp annually to assist the Northeast Florida Law Enforcement Community with the camp.
The JROTC cadets serve as mentors for the attendees throughout the week for the 12-15 year olds who attend the camp. The JROTC Cadets and 1stSgt Curtis are responsible for conducting the physical fitness training, drill, and teach leadership development at the camp.
- June 23-29, 2013, 8 boys attended the American Legion's Keystone Boys State Program and 2 girls attended the American Legion Auxillary's Keystone Girls State Program at Shippensburg University. This camp is for high school students who have completed their junior year of high school. Attendees can earn 4 college credits (Leadership) by attending this camp and the week long course exposes the attendees to the various levels of government. During the week, the citizens also get to tour the Capitol building in Harrisburg and personally meet with their State Representatives and Senators.
- On July 14-21, 2013, 6 JROTC cadets (Seth Clemens, Jake Ames, Anna Hallam, Jeffrey Sarver, Anthony Phan, and Coby Vigil) traveled to Massachuesettes with MSgt Short where they attended and participated in a Cyber Security Camp. During the week the cadets received in depth classes and training on computers and what a career in Cyber Security entails.
- On July 21-27, 2013, Luke Dennis attend a Senior Leadership/Character Development Camp at Quantico, Virginia. The week long camp was attended by upcoming high school seniors from 26 different states. The attendees received in depth leadership training and conducted various leadership activities during the course of the week.
- On July 21-27, 2013, Carrie Maderia, Seth Clemens, Dan Marcyjanik, and Michael Radatovich attended the Allegheny County Camp Cadet at Camp Guyasuta where they served as mentors, instructed Drill, conducted Physical Fitness, and helped teach leadership, discipline, and self-discipline to the 64 12-14 year olds who attended.
- On August 4-9, 2013, 10 JROTC Cadets (Carie Maderia, Dan Marcyjanik, Jake Ames, Zoe Wokenfuss, Michael Radatovich, Seth Clemens, Hunter Valent, Cody Smith, Luke Dennis, and Billy Anskate) helped facilitate the Troop D State Police Camp Cadet held at Camp Lutherlyn in Butler for 12-15 year olds. Additionally, 2 JROTC graduates who have worked numerous camps (Kaleb Martin and Anthony Tripp) returned and added to the camp this year by developing a complete week long schedule that consisted of leadership development classes and other training that enhanced the skills of those who attended 15-17 year olds. 4 other first year cadets (Justin Nance, Coby Vigil, Shikayla Smith, and Mark LeBlanc attended the camp and received the training.
Congratulations! to those who devoted an enormous amount of time to volunteer throughout the summer in order to help others and also to those who attended and successfully completed the camps that they attended.
Before classes have even started, the AAHS Marching Band has been busy learning, perfecting and performing for the community! It all started on July 29, when the students reported for their first day of pre-camp. They spent the next few weeks learning new parade, pre-game and half time routines, and on August 15 the students performed the half time show for the first time in their first annual “preview show” at the High School Stadium. On August 19, the band traveled to Kennywood to perform in their Fall Fantasy Parade, and was met with many excellent reviews. The 2013 marching season already looks to be an exciting and successful one with a wonderful group of hard working and talented students!
On Monday May 20th the JROTC Cadets assisted several other organizations in placing more than 7000 flags to honor our deceased Veterans by placing a flag on the grave of each Veteran at Sylvania Hills Cemetary in Rochester. On Wednesday May 22nd, they also placed more than 1000 flags on the Veterans Graves in the Economy Cemetary in Harmony Township.