JROTC Cadet Born With Rare Condition Inspires at JCLC


Cadet Walker prepares to rappel down the tower at JCLC summer camp as the camp staff looks on and makes sure she good to go.
Cadet Walker prepares to rappel down the tower at JCLC summer camp as the camp staff looks on and makes sure she good to go.
Sergeant Major (retired) Rudy Carter poses with Cadet Walker while she takes a break from the JCLC activities.
Sergeant Major (Retired) Rudy Carter poses with Cadet Walker while she takes a break from the JCLC activities.

Dedication, commitment, and determination are just a few words that describe Donavia 'Angel' Walker. Walker, who is a second-year JROTC Cadet at Winter Haven High School, Winter Haven Florida, recently attended JROTC Cadet Leader Challenge Summer Camp at Camp Flaming Arrow in Lake Wales, Florida. She was born with the condition Bilateral Amelia, a condition where she was born without arms.

Even though she was born with that condition, Walker refused to let it slow her down at JCLC. Walker said she learned a lot and improved her leadership skills. “I learned how to use a compass and locate things on a map and I also learned how other schools do things differently in their JROTC programs. Attending the camp really taught me how to be a better leader and how to be more responsible. I can use what I have learned at JCLC to help improved the WHHS JROTC program,” she said.

During the four-day summer camp, Walker refused to let her condition limit her ability to enjoy herself and have fun. In fact, with additional safety measures in place to ensure her safety, she was able to participate in all JCLC activities with the limited assistance from the camp staff. “I enjoyed the activities at JCLC and I also enjoyed meeting new people from other schools. JCLC has brought me closer to other Cadets from my school who I didn’t really know“, Walker said.

Every activity Walker participated in brought cheers and applause from her fellow Cadets. She definitely inspired the Cadets with her will and determination. “I am very proud of her. She inspired me,” said Winter Haven High School Cadet Jazmine Hadley. Hadley was Walker’s “Battle Buddy” during the camp.


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Cadet Walker rappels down the tower at JCLC Summer Camp.
Cadet Walker rappels down the tower at JCLC Summer Camp.
Cadet Walker aims her bow and arrow during the archery activity at JCLC.
Cadet Walker aims her bow and arrow during the archery activity at JCLC.