Northside High School Cadets Showcase JROTC to Freshmen

John Pham, former Kimmons Students Efrain Tobar, Kaily Cruz, Kelsey Inthavong, Josebeth Figueroa, and Javier Mendez with LTC Meharg

Gathering in the media center, freshmen visited with instructors and former Kimmons students to learn about Northside High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. JROTC is a program designed to challenge students physically, mentally and academically while helping them learn how to become a better person.

The JROTC leaders and cadets talked about the fundamentals of marksmanship and the requirements for joining teams such as drill, rifle, and saber.

“JROTC is cool because the instructors are preparing students early and teaching them new things,” Kentrell Jacobs said. “I would be interested in joining JROTC because most of my family have served in the Army.”

Cindy Inthachinda also has future plans for enlisting in the active-duty Army after high school.

“JROTC is very awesome and provides a realistic example of what the Army is going to be like,” Cindy said.

In contrast, Jazlen Bell-Bradley has no interest in being part of JROTC and feels that it is too hard on people. She plans to become a pediatrician.

“I do think JORTC helps students in the classes and allows members to meet new people,” Jazlen said.

Others saw positive advantages in the ROTC program.

“ROTC will help my leadership skills and help keep me out of trouble,” Keanan Glover said.