Hickory High School Army JROTC Cadets Perform Color Guard For NFL:
August 8, 2014 - Left to right, Cadets Trace Dyer, Tavior Imes (Color Guard Commander), William Nolan, Dylan Cunningham, Jashandra Alford, and Jonathan Wyatt displayed our nation’s colors with dignity and pride as a powerful and patriotic crowd honored our nation’s servicemen and women and our country before kickoff of the Carolina Panther’s season opening game against the Buffalo Bills.
After arriving at the stadium, the cadets were able to meet the pregame performing band 20 Ride, a Zac Brown Tribute Band, and the halftime performers of Tic & Tac Entertainment from America’s Got Talent. One especially notable event brought extra attention to one of the cadets. After building up his courage, Tavior Imes, a senior who plans to major in music, asked if he could practice with 20 Ride. They obliged. So it was a special treat for Imes to practice with violinist Joanna Perry who lent Imes her violin. The band manager and entertainers were very impressed and conveyed their complements to all of our cadets. Imes also presented a HHS JROTC coin of excellence to the band and later commented that JROTC helped develop him and his confidence and prepared him for success in life.
HHS Army JROTC Leaders Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Channing Moose, and First Sergeant (Retired) Johncarlo Lewis have been preparing for this event since May. After conducting a color guard for the Charlotte Bobcats, Lewis said “We are going to the NFL next!” Lewis and Imes worked diligently to train the team well, and everyone on the team worked very hard to help ensure success. Imes said he had never done anything this big in his life. All the cadets shared the same feelings and showed tremendous dedication, maturity, and appreciation for this opportunity. Moose shared that Hickory High JROTC students are motivated and encouraged to strive for excellence, improve, grow from their mistakes, and take advantage of opportunities to serve our school, honor our country, and display leadership.
Moose and Lewis are very proud of HHS Army Junior ROTC Cadets and want to convey special appreciation to HHS parents Mark and Lisa Dyer, local Jimmy Johns’ owner Josh Myers, Wyke’s Cleaners, and Dexter and Jason from the Panthers Entertainment team, for their tremendous support of this event!
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