JROTC students meet the challenge

Upcoming junior Joachim Nolden and upcoming senior Kayla Ledbetter work together to complete a task on the Leadership Reaction Course (LRC).
Staff Writer

When seven West Point High Junior ROTC students are asked what they did this summer, they'll have a pretty unique answer.
The seven -- Braniyah Brownlee, Jakia Cannon, Kayla Ledbetter, Tyhja Journigan, Jalen Horton, Joachim Nolden, and Toby Poindexter -- graduated from the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge June 3-8 and will receive a certificate of excellence for their performance.

Two of the cadets, Kayla Ledbetter and Tyhja Journigan, were recognized with the Commander’s Coin for their show of excellence during camp. 
Located at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, JCLC provides hundreds of cadets from Mississippi and some from Louisiana an opportunity to practice leadership skills, team building and adventure training in a hands-on military environment.

The camp includes parents who act as chaperones and JROTC leadership and instructors from the same school districts. 

"Many friends are made during their team building and leadership activities and their instructors’ leave a lifetime lasting impression on them. This event is often thought of as the high point of the student's JROTC participation and students leave camp with a sense of accomplishment, new confidence and assertiveness," said retired Army Lt. Col. Rashann Harris, who is the senior Army instructor at West Point High.