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Mobile County Public Schools’ JROTC taps five stellar students to lead Brigade:

September 16th, 2016

By Rena Philips

Five stellar JROTC students were promoted to lead Mobile County Public Schools’ Brigade.

They were selected among applicants from throughout the county. MCPSS offers JROTC in all 12 high schools, including 11 Army programs and one Navy program.

“JROTC sets the stage for success in high school and for success in life,” said Superintendent Martha Peek, who attended the promotion ceremony Friday in the Board Room at Central Office.

The students received leadership cords from their parents and/or sponsors.

They are:

Cadet Brigade Commander Ion Dani of Theodore
Cadet Brigade Command Sergeant Major Christopher Willhite of Baker
Deputy Brigade Commander Danielle Blitch of Baker
Deputy Brigade Commander Dakota Parnell of Mary G. Montgomery
Deputy Brigade Commander Brooke Long of Citronelle

Lt. Col. Robert “Frank” Barrow, who oversees JROTC in Mobile County, said he is proud of these students for the leadership they show at their schools and in the Brigade. He noted that all of the students are in the top 10 percent of their class academically and are involved in multiple activities.

“I’m thankful I graduated in 1975 from Shaw High School because I wouldn’t be able to compete with these kids,” Barrow said. “They are so smart.”

Peek said she hears constantly from MCPSS graduates that JROTC made a difference in their lives.

“I’m very proud – and MCPSS is very proud – of our JROTC program and of this Brigade Command.”

Visit Mobile County Public Schools’ Facebook page to see a slideshow of the promotion ceremony.











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