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Bobcat Battalion Cadets excel during West Point LEADS event

Cadets who won the West Point LEADS essay contest pose with their certificates.  BMHS CadetsC/CPT Katelynn Luper is the second Cadet from the left and C/CSM Alex Lee is the third from the left.

Cadets who won the West Point LEADS essay contest pose with their certificates. BMHS CadetsC/CPT Katelynn Luper is the second Cadet from the left and C/CSM Alex Lee is the third from the left.
Photo Credit: Major (Retired) Bruce Daniel

  • Posted on Nov 15th, 2021
  • Story by: Major (Retired) Bruce Daniel
  • 5th Brigade
    Leadership

On Friday, 05 November 2021, eight Cadets from the Benbrook Middle-High School (BMHS) Bobcat Battalion participated in the West Point LEADS event. The West Point LEADS event is a workshop where Cadets are exposed to and have a chance to practice leadership, ethical decision-making, respect for others, problem-solving, effective communication, time management, civility, and work in a diverse environment. When Cadets return to their schools and communities, they are able to use what they have learned and experienced in the workshop to be better leaders. The workshop was hosted by University of Texas in Arlington (UTA). The participants were from the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) JROTC units, allowing over 100 JROTCs Cadets to experience this fantastic leadership opportunity. During the workshop, Cadets attending participated in an ethical essay competition in which two of the five essay winners were Cadets from BMHS. C/CSM Alex Lee and C/CPT Katelynn Luper both received recognition for their exceptionally written essays. Additionally, West Point Cadets that led each of the breakout groups, selected two JROTC Cadets that demonstrated the highest level of leadership from among their group, earning the title of “Leaders of the leaders”. Two of the 12 JROTC Cadets selected were BMHS Cadets. C/MAJ Erica Fraire and C/CPT Katelynn Luper were both selected as “leaders of leaders”. The workshop was truly a great experience and all of the Cadets that participated were very thankful for the event.


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