The Tennessee Titans and Whites Creek Air Force JROTC teamed up on Opening Day, Sunday, Sept 9, to produce a lot of fun and excitement for young Titans’ fans. Eighteen cadets from the unit participated in the Titans pre-game activity called Kids Zone that offers a number of football related physical challenges. The Titans organization relies primarily on volunteers to setup, tear down and supervise these activities.
According to Major Williamson, Senior Instructor, “It was a great service project, plus the cadets got to see the game afterwards. It was a win-win situation for us.”
JROTC is part of the School of Public Service and conducts many service projects during the school year. Cadet leaders for this activity were: Cadets Simone Williams, Dakota Fralick and Kiah Lee.
Maplewood High School Unit TN-933 was one of 80 units to receive the 2011-2012 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award with Merit. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above normal expectations and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.
Cadets completed more than 500 hours of community service including “The Get Motivated” Seminar, Veteran’s Wreath Laying Ceremony, Veterans’ Day Parade, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Congressman Cooper’s Academy Day, GNASBE, United Way’s McGruder Playground Groundbreaking Ceremony, the Mayor’s Field Day, and most recently, the Department of Defense Small Business Conference.
The objectives of the Junior ROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education.
Thirty Maplewood High School Air Force JROTC Cadets and FBLA students participated in the 11th Annual Education Equal Opportunity Group Save-A-Student Leadership and Training Conference. Held in Nashville at the War Auditorium and Legislative Plaza, this year’s theme was "LEAD Where You Are; Re-Think the Possibilities!"
Students participated in a collaborative effort to nurture practical and real-life learning opportunities that will increase retention and graduation rates among Tennessee students. Maplewood students participated in innovative sessions featuring high-powered speakers, a tour of Fisk University, and a viewing of the new movie Red Tails, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.
During the conference, several of the students also enjoyed a meet-and-greet with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Those selected to attend the meeting have exhibited true leadership skills throughout their time at Maplewood. Air Force JROTC Cadet Alejandro Villacorta was selected to present an appreciation plaque to Rick Drelling, Dollar General CEO. Cadets also met the Honorable John DeBerry, Jr., and the President of Fisk University. As if all that weren't enough, cadets Stephen Pack, Jeffrey Dartis, and Tony Keoudomxay were selected to participate in videos for future EEOG Conferences. Congrats!